ISKO logo This is the official website for ISKO – the premier international scholarly society devoted to the theory and practice of knowledge organization, bringing together professionals from different disciplines such as information science, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science, as well as special domains such as health informatics. ISKO's world-wide reach is supported through its regional Chapters.

ISKO hosts an international conference in even-numbered years. It last met in Porto, Portugal in July of 2018 and will meet again in Summer 2022 in Aalborg, Denmark. Proceedings of international conferences are listed here. In odd-numbered years most of ISKO's regional chapters host conferences; many of these are multilingual.

ISKO publishes the journal Knowledge Organization eight times a year. ISKO also is publishing an online encyclopedia of knowledge organization. We provide a database of KO literature and link to a repository of KO documents, to BARTOC KO registry and to other organizations of interest to KO scholars.


  • The new Board of Directors has been elected
  • Proceedings of 2020 are published in August. Best Paper Award goes to David Haynes and Best Student Paper Award goes to Stephanie Colombo.

Recently published       (older)

    Knowledge organization. 47. Issue 4 mailed to ISKO members (issues >3 YO OA at Nomos eLibrary)
    RILM Index and Data documents (ISKO Encyclopedia of KO)
    Knowledge organization literature 2019 Issue 3-4
    Spanish-Portuguese ISKO Conference. 4
    Seoul NKOS Workshop (JDIS)
    Colon Classification in Wikidata
    Come l'architettura dell'informazione plasma l'esperienza: la storia del Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Tribute to Jolande Goldberg (TSLL)
    The nature of browsing (JASIST)
    OntoAndalus: an ontology of Islamic artefacts for terminological purposes (SWJ)
    Innovative ideas by some post-WWII francophone classificationists (LCN)
    Formal ontologies in information systems development: a systematic review (information)
    [The state of subject retrieval and looking for future direction: views by classificationists of Dorking 1957] by K Kawamura

Coming KO events       (ISKO onlyby country2019 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '12 '11 '10 '09 '08 '07)

 2020-08-20    online Getty Vocabulary Program's OpenRefine reconciliation service
 2020-09-09/10    online NKOS Consolidated Workshop
 2020-09-09/11    Birmingham Metadata and discovery
 2020-09-14/17    Novosibirsk International Bibliographic Congress. 3: Bibliographic information in digital culture
 2020-09-14/25    online DCMI Virtual
 2020-09-16/20    online EKAW: Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management. 22
 2020-09-20/26    online Euro IA Conference. 2020
 2020-09-28/10-02    online Information Behaviour Conference
 2020-09-30/10-02    Zaragoza IberSID: encuentros internacionales sobre sistemas de información y documentación. 25
 2020-10-14/16    Baku ICME, INTERCOM & ICOM Azerbaijan Joint Conference
 2020-10-15/17    Hammamet CIBAHN. 3: Libraries and archives in the digital humanities era
 2020-10-19/23    online ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management. 29
 2020-10-26/29    Dublin ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval. 2020
 2020-11-16/17    Washington Taxonomy Boot Camp. 2020
 2020-11-19/20    Paris HyperOtlet. 2020: Documents et documentation: approche rétro-prospective
 2020-11-24/27    Bourget du Lac Terminology & ontology: theory and applications. 14
 2020-11-30/12-04    online Metadata and semantics research. 14
 2020-12-05/11    Geneva CIDOC Conference. 2020
 2020-12-12    Barcelona Cognitive aspects of the lexicon. 6
 2020-12-12/13    Barcelona Joint conference on Lexical and computational semantics. 9
 2021-00-00    Amiens   French ISKO Conference. 13
 2021-00-00    Bangkok Wikimania. 2020
 2021-00-00    Ottawa DCMI International Conference on Metadata. 2021
 2021-03-02/03    London Taxonomy Boot Camp London. 2021
 2021-07-00    Lisbon   Spanish-Portuguese ISKO Conference. 5
 2021-07-04/10    Bertinoro International Semantic Web Conference. 2021
 2021-08-19/26    Rotterdam IFLA World Library and Information Congress. 86
 2021-09-06/09    Amsterdam International Conference on Semantic Systems. 16
 2021-09-13/16    Bolzano Formal Ontology in Information Systems. 2020
 2022-00-00    Dublin IFLA World Library and Information Congress. 87
 2022-07-00    Aalborg   International ISKO Conference. 17
 2023-00-00    Lyon   French ISKO Conference. 14


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