Wissensorganisation ‘17

Knowledge Organization for Digital Humanities

30. November – 1. Dezember 2017, Freie Universität Berlin

Dahlem Campus, Seminarzentrum, L 115


“Wissensorganisation” is the name of a series of biennial conferences/workshops with a long tradition organized by the German chapter of the International Society of Knowledge Organization (ISKO).

Knowledge organization is a discipline with a long standing tradition. Traditional knowledge organization focusses on the description and organization of knowledge in libraries, archives, databases, scientific domains, etc. With modern communication techniques users expect knowledge to be available and instantly accessible from different sources, different disciplines and different sectors of society. Thus traditional knowledge organization is confronted with new requirements regarding structured and flexible knowledge representations that support knowledge discovery from disparate sources and inferencing over the many pieces of information.

The aim of this year’s conference is to discuss the possibilities that tools and methods developed in digital humanities can offer for knowledge organization.

Digital Humanities develop computer-assisted procedures and digital resources for use in the humanities and cultural sciences. Digital Humanities is a inherently interdisciplinary science, building on traditional  humanities and cultural sciences as on concepts, procedures and standards of computer science. Typical fields of work and research are, for example, digital editions, quantitative text analysis, visualization of complex data structures or the theory of digital media.

Structuring and interacting with large  data collections  has become a major issue of knowledge organization. On the other hand side Digital Humanities have come up with  new ways of accessing information and knowledge. We therefore invite the community to a discussion in which we will try to analyze how these new methods can be integrated with  classification systems. Furthermore, we want to foster the exchange of ideas between different communities involved in research concerning, among other history, educational science, digital humanities, visualization, machine learning, information retrieval, data mining, human computer interaction, library science, etc. The conference is especially intended for researchers working in knowledge organization, data organization, description and visualization and digital humanities who want to discuss problems and synergies.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Combining Digital Humanities and Knowledge Organizsation Methods
  • Application of Digital Humanities Methods to access large Knowledge Organization Systems
  • The role of Knowledge Organization in Digital Humanities
  • Data Visualization
  • Interaction with Data Collections
  • Knowledge Organization Systems for Understanding, Sense-Making, and Learning
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Classification Schemes, Taxonomies, and Categorization Schemes
  • Thesauri, Semantic Networks and Ontologies
  • Engineering and Management Aspects of Knowledge Organization
  • Knowledge Modeling and Engineering
  • Organization of Unstructured Information
  • Web Indexing and Social Tagging
  • Automatic Categorization and Indexing



Timeline and submission details can be found here.


Tursday, Nov 30
16:00 -17:00Annual Meeting of the German ISKO
17:00 -17:45Obituary of Dr. Ingetraut DahlbergPeter Ohly
18:00 - 18:50Guided Library Tour
19:00 - Dinner
Friday, Dec 1
9:00 – 9:10Opening
9:10 – 9:20WelcomeDr. Andrea Tatai, Deputy Library Director of the FU Library
9:20 – 10:20Keynote: Digital Heritage goes Open ScienceDr. Ina Blümel (Technische Informationsbibliothek and Hochschule Hannover)
10:50 – 11:20 How to Visualize Knowledge in DH-Projects Working with Non-Academic Partners?Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek and Hussein Hussein
11:20 – 11:50Coding Schemes als Wissensorganisationssysteme für Digital Humanities: Mit Political Event Coding über Dynamic Network Analysis zu Ontologie-basierten Dynamic Cognitive MapsIngo Frank
11:50 – 12:20Density of Knowledge Organization SystemsLinda Freyberg
13:20 – 13:50Accessing and Editing Early Modern Manuscript Collections: Cooperation Possibilities between Holding Institutions and Digital Scholarship Vera Faßhauer
13:50 – 14:20Ein digitaler Zeichenkatalog als Organisationssystem für die noch nicht entzifferte Schrift der Klassischen MayaFranziska Diehr, Maximilian Brodhun, Sven Gronemeyer, Christian Prager, Katja Diederichs, Elisabeth Wagner and Nikolai Grube
14:20 – 14:30 Final Discusssion



Participation is free, but registration is necessary.


Freie Universität Berlin
Dahlem Campus, Seminarzentrum L115

Organizing Committee

  • Ernesto William De Luca, Georg-Eckert-Institut fĂźr internationale Schulbuchforschung, Braunschweig, Germany
  • Christian Wartena, Hochschule Hannover, Germany
  • Michael Franke-Maier, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin

Program Committee Members List

  • Rosa Aga, Hochschule Hannover
  • Ina BlĂźmel, Hochschule Hannover
  • Martin Lee, Freie Universiät Berlin
  • Andreas Ledl, Universität Basel
  • Georg Rehm, DFKI Berlin
  • Peter Ohly, Bonn
  • Ivo Keller, Technische Hochschule Brandenburg
  • Philipp Mayr, GESIS KĂśln
  • Steffen Hennicke
  • Christoph Lofi, TU Delft


Knowlegde Organization for Digital Humanities, Link

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