Scientific and Technical Advisory Council (STAC)
Observing knowledge organization scholarship and applications

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About STAC

In line with ISKO's mission, the Council is concerned with the scholarship, theory, principles, and applications of the pervasive subject of Knowledge Organization

  • as dealt with in Information Studies, Philosophy, History, the Ontology community, Psychology and Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Computer Science (Data Modeling, AI, ML), Taxonomies (Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Literary Genres, Museum Objects, etc.) and all kinds of data schemas and formats used in databases and the Web
  • applied in, among others,
    • libraries, bibliographic information systems, publishing, the Web, archives, museums,
    • preserving and providing access to cultural heritage across domains and institutional contexts;
    • (digital) humanities, natural language understanding, education, instructional design;
    • process modelling (including business processes, production processes, etc.);
    • information systems, icluding health, finance, legal, government, etc.

Learn more about Council's role in Terms of reference [DOCX]



Chair: Jonathan Furner (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Vice Chair: Aida Slavić (UDC Consortium, Netherlands)

Secretary: Rosa San Segundo (Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain) [2023-2024]

  • Contact: stac@isko·org

Council Members


Annual report 2020-2021
Annual report 2021-2022 [PPTX]
Annual report 2022-2023 [PPTX]

Working Groups

STAC is in the process of forming working groups which are going to be open to experts inside and outside ISKO. In 2022 the STAC will announce Working Group programme and invite participation. The following is a list of possible topics for Working Groups that resulted from brainstorming among STAC members. Topics can be added. Interest expressed by STAC members and others will determine which working groups will be formed.

  • Guidelines for the effective use of subject metadata in discovery systems (already active)
  • Annual Review of Knowledge Organization
  • Education in KO across disciplines (information science, education linguistics, computer science, medical informatics, ...) (has already drawn much interest)
  • KO for learning
  • KO support for the movement for social justice
  • KO support for sustainability
  • KO support for crisis management
  • KO support for dealing with misinformation on social media
  • KO support for information and education on healthy behavior
  • KO support for team science, especially interdisciplinary teams
  • Semantic technologies in publishing, sharing and accessing KOSs
  • Terminology shifts in KOSs and management of semantic shift over-time
  • KOS representation standards and KOS ontologies
  • KO and subject access in information retrieval
  • Information behavior in relation to KO
  • KOS visualization/GUI


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