A special double issue of Knowledge Organization devoted to the question “What is Knowledge Organization?” has just been published as v. 35, nos. 2/3, of the journal—I co-edited it with Ia McIlwaine (former editor in chief of the Universal Decimal Classification [UDC]). Six internationally known researchers contributed to the special issue, including our own Rebecca Green. Topics addressed include the nature of the field of KO; epistemology, theory, and methodology in KO; relationships in KO; short- and long-term KO research questions; and KO systems. The issue also features an interview with Ingetraut Dahlberg, founder of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) and the journal Knowledge Organization. The table of contents and preface are available here.
ISKO will hold its 10th International Conference, “Culture and Identity in Knowledge Organization,” 5-8 August 2008, at the Université de Montréal. Immediately preceding the conference in the same venue on 5 August, ISKO NA (the North American chapter of ISKO) and OCLC are co-sponsoring a workshop on terminologies, “Everything Need Not Be Miscellaneous: Controlled Vocabularies and Classification in a Web World.” The detailed agenda for both meetings is available here.
Postscript: Janus views must be the rage this week—it has come to our attention that the Journal of Information Science has just published a special issue on the history of information science in the UK (v. 34, no.4).