Wissensorganisation 2021

Digitization and knowledge organization: between indexing and knowledge graphs?

29. Oktober 2021


“Wissensorganisation” is the name of a series of biennial conferences/workshops with nearly 20 events organized by the German chapter of the International Society of Knowledge Organization (ISKO).

Knowledge Organization is a discipline with a long standing tradition going back to the beginning of the last century. Traditional Knowledge Organization focusses on the definition, 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 relations between traditional Knowledge Organization, digitalization of knowledge resources and knowledge graphs. Knowledge graphs aim to make knowledge about and relations between publications explicit and thus follow similar goals as traditional Knowledge Organization. Moreover, the construction of knowledge graphs can both benefit from the detailed and carefully designed topic structures developed in knowledge organizations systems like ontologies and thesauri as well as from the vast amount of resources annotated with concepts from these systems. On the other hand, knowledge graphs use many concepts and techniques that are not found in traditional knowledge organization but can substantially inspire the development of Knowledge Organization Systems for use in the digital era.

We therefore invite the community to a discussion in which we will try to analyze how these new methods can be integrated with classical indexing systems. Furthermore, we want to foster the exchange of ideas between different communities. The conference is intended as well for researchers working in Knowledge Organization, data organization, description and visualization who want to discuss problems and synergies as for researchers coming from the area of linked data, semantic web and knowledge graphs that want to discuss similarities, differences and potential synergy between different research paradigms.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge graphs and linked data
  • Scientific Knowledge Graphs
  • 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.



(((Scholarly | Scientific | Research) Knowledge) Graphs): An Overview


In the age of advanced information systems powering fast-paced knowledge economies that face global societal challenges, it is no longer adequate to express scholarly information – an essential resource for modern economies – primarily as article narratives in document form. Despite being a well-established tradition in scholarly communication, PDF-based text publishing is hindering scientific progress as it buries scholarly information into non-machine-readable formats. In this talk, we will overview state-of-the-art systems and services that support machine readable use of scholarly metadata and, more interestingly, data, i.e. the semantic information buried in narrative text documents. We will motivate why such systems are urgently needed, present a number of (disciplinary) exemplars, and discuss avenues for present and future research and development in this area.


Markus Stocker is head of the Knowledge Infrastructures Research Group at the TIB Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and a research associate at the Leibniz University Hannover. He holds a PhD in Environmental Informatics from the University of Eastern Finland; a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Eastern Finland; and a Diploma (MSc) in Informatics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests lie at the intersection between research infrastructures and research communities, and how such infrastructures acquire, maintain, and share scientific knowledge about human and natural worlds. As a member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), Markus co-chairs the WG Persistent Identification of Instruments.


Friday, Oct 29
14:00 – 14:10Opening
14:10 – 14:30WelcomeProf. Dr. Ernesto De Luca (President ISKO German Chapter)
14:30 – 15:30Keynote: (((Scholarly | Scientific | Research) Knowledge) Graphs): An OverviewDr. Markus Stocker (Knowledge Infrastructures Research Group at the TIB Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology)
15:45 – 16:15On the Form of Research Publications for Use in Scientific Knowledge GraphsLeon Martin, Robin Jegan and Andreas Henrich
16:15 – 16:45Knowledge Graph as Navigational Paratext: Returning Structural Semantics to a Closed System Index through the Computational Recovery of the Typographical Logic of Digitized Historical Book IndexesHuapu Liu, Steven MacCall and Nicole Lewis
16:45 – 17:15The use of rule-based writing to improve requirements elicitation Structuring Knowledge for ReuseRicardo Eito-Brun
17:15 – 18:00 Final Discussion


Participation is free, but registration is necessary. Please send a brief email with the subject: “WissOrg ’21″ to lstahn@uni-wuppertal.de


The conference will be held online.

Organizing Committee

  • Ernesto William De Luca, Georg-Eckert-Institut fĂĽr internationale Schulbuchforschung, Braunschweig, Germany
  • Ivo Keller, Technische Hochschule Brandenburg, Germany
  • Christian Wartena, Hochschule Hannover, Germany
  • Peter Ohly, Bonn, Germany
  • Lena-Luise Stahn, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany

Program Committee Members List

  • Marco Gerardi, Guglielmo Marconi University
  • Sayantan Polley, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Erasmo Purificato, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Leonardo Ranaldi, Guglielmo Marconi University
  • Christian Scheel, Georg-Eckert-Institute – Leibniz-Institute for international Textbook Research
  • Armando Stellato, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
  • Marcus Thiel, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg
  • Sabine Wehnert, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg


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