Monday 12 October 2009

Last call for registration: Classification at a Crossroads

International UDC Seminar
Classification at a Crossroad: Multiple Directions to Usability

The Hague, 29-30 October 2009.

The final Programme with abstracts and speakers' biographies containing a selection of 22 talks is now available.

This conference will cover a variety of topics: classification of web resources, automatic classification, relationships between thesaurus and classification, terminology services, web ontology standards, new approaches in using or presenting classification and classification use in library networks.

The programme highlights are talks by our keynote speakers Dagobert Soergel "Illuminating the Chaos: Using Classification to Harness the Web" and Dan Brickley "Open Web Standards and Classification: Foundations for a Hybrid Approach".

A recent addition to the programme is a presentation by Stella Dextre Clarke "Providing for interoperability between thesauri and classification schemes in ISO 25964" on the new ISO standard for structured vocabularies and its approach to classification.

Ergon Verlag will exhibit and sell books from its series Advances in Knowledge Organization at a special 50% discount. All delegates are given 20% discount to Facet Publishing Titles. Both publishers contributed a number of books for a lottery draw and delegates will have a chance to win a book.

The registration for the conference will close on 20th October. To register, with an option to pay online go to

Saturday 3 October 2009

CFP: Colloquium in Mundaneum - May 2010 Mons (Belgium)

Colleagues doing research on the history of knowledge organization at the beginning of 20th century, including seminal work in the field of documentation by Paul Otlet and Henry Lafontaine, may be interested in the call for papers for the following event:

Colloquium: Transcending Boundaries in Europe in the Period of the Belle Epoque: Organizing Knowledge, Mobilizing Networks, and Effecting Social Change - 20-21 May 2010, Mons (Belgium)

VENUE: Mundaneum
[to learn more about Mudaneum, the origin of UDC and documentation as general see "Paul Otlet - Man who wanted to organize the world" a documentary narrated by W. Boyd Rayward]

The colloquium will explore aspects of network development, information creation, organization and exchange, and related "boundary spanning" activities of individuals and institutions and the scholarly tools and techniques that this enabled them to develop during the period of the "Belle Epoque" in which the Western European world underwent extensive social, political and "epistemic" change from approximately 1880 to 1914 [read more].

Abstracts (in English or French) of not more than 500 words should be sent by January 31, 2010 to Porf. W Boyd Rayward (

Notification of acceptance 28 February 2010.

Accepted papers must be delivered at the Colloquium in English.