About IEKO

This is an online, open access encyclopedia of knowledge organization hosted by ISKO and produced by ISKO Scientific Advisory Council. It will contain entries about concepts, disciplines, organizations, systems, standards, and theories etc. including important domain specific systems.

The encyclopedia is peer reviewed, all articles are signed by author(s), dated and versioned (new versions may be distinguished as, for example, Version 1.1 for minor changes of version 1 and Version 2 for major changes). We try to get articles by the best experts in the subject of each article and to maintain a high scholarly standard.

The order in which the articles are published represents the availability and deadlines of authors rather than a priority of what is most important. The plan is that the encyclopedia shall span the field of Knowledge Organization from classical concepts and systems to up-to-date advanced technologies, concepts and issues. For entries listed in dark grey in the systematic index, authors have been assigned. Anybody is encouraged to submit proposals for entries or updated versions of existing entries to scient@isko.org. Please conform to the guidelines for contributors. The policy for selecting authors is primarily based on research profiles: to try to get the most qualified authors for each article (i.e. authors that have previously published on the subject).

Since March 2020, a new category of articles has been introduced: preliminary editorial placeholder articles. The first of these is Statistical classification. These articles are intended to be replaced by properly authored and peer-reviewed articles when (if) an author is found. The preliminary articles are listed in the systematic, alphabetical and chronological indexes, marked with a pencil icon: but not listed in the Authors and editors page.

Some thoughts on IEKO development are recorded in the editors blog.

The structure of this project is inspired by previous informal resources by prof. Hjørland such as the Lifeboat for knowledge organization (about 2005-2008), the Epistemological lifeboat and Core concepts in library and information science (see also an older version).

Web versions of articles are edited in HTML, starting from a template and using NoteTab. We privilege accessibility and sound structure over graphics, an approach inspired to the web editor by previous experience with the collaborative website of the Italian national library association, especially Eugenio Gatto's methodological teachings (Gatto 2005; Gnoli 2002; 2005).

Web versions include various metadata, including standard HTML, Dublin Core, Schema.org and Twitter. Their structure also benefits of Marcia Zeng's expert advice.

The first accepted version of each article is also published in print in a section of Knowledge Organization: Reviews of concepts in knowledge organization, in the first available issue.

The Encyclopedia is introduced by Stella Dextre Clarke, 2017, “Babel, babble and info-speak: could an encyclopedia help?”, Catalogue and index 188: 59-60 and in Italian by CG in AIDA informazioni 35, no. 1-2, p. 131-135 and Bibelot 24, no. 2: 18-20; CG offered a demonstration of it at ISKO UK Conference 2017 in London; CG and BH presented it at International ISKO Conference in Porto on 11 July 2018; CG and Edoardo Manelli analyze "Popularity of entries in IEKO" in Knowledge organization 47 (2020), no. 1: 92-93. Silva et al. (2022) use IEKO as a source to evaluate term frequency in KO.

2022 IEKO report to the Annual General Meeting is available.


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