The Human Position in an Artificial World: Creativity, Ethics & AI in Knowledge Organization

15th – 16th July 2019, London

This will be the 6th biennial conference of the UK Chapter of ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization).

The conference explores the connected themes of artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in knowledge organization, ethics and creativity. What innovations are taking place and what roles can humans play in all of this? The conference will consider practical solutions as well as the theory behind the creation, development and delivery of knowledge organizing systems, ranging from controlled vocabularies, classification systems, metadata schemas through to ontologies and taxonomies.

Topics include:

- Where has AI come from and where is it going in knowledge organization?

- What roles are there for taxonomies and ontologies in AI?

- What are the latest developments in ethics of knowledge organization?

- How should AI support creativity in taxonomies and ontologies?

- How will AI applications take account of ethical concerns whilst maintaining creativity?

- How is the role of the intermediary changing as AI impacts on KO applications?

- How will we ensure that the expertise of the intermediary is fully considered?

Presentation format, submissions and acceptance criteria

We welcome proposals for full papers (25-minutes) as well as posters and case studies for our interactive case study café. ISKO UK invites KO practitioners, academics and developers of innovative solutions to submit abstracts for consideration. We especially welcome poster contributions from students and encourage this medium as a forum for sharing initial ideas or speculative approaches to the subject.

Criteria for acceptance include originality, clarity of expression, and relevance to the conference theme. Proposals should have a sound basis in historical fact, KO theory, or current practice.

Speakers for full papers will be asked to provide a paper as well as presenting the material in person. Together with slides and audio recordings, all the papers submitted will be published electronically on the conference website. After peer review, the two best papers will be selected for publication in the ISKO journal, Knowledge Organization.

Please provide a summary of your proposal, in English, of 300 - 500 words (including references), and indicate whether you plan for a presentation, a poster, or a case study for the case study café on the day of the conference.

To make the submission you will be asked to set up a user account with ConfTool, our service provider. The closing date for the submission of proposals is 16 December 2018.

To submit your proposal, follow this link to ConfTool, where you can set up a user account and submit.

We will let you know by 1 February 2019 whether your proposal has been accepted. Full papers should be submitted by 1 May 2019.

Any queries regarding the submission of abstracts should be sent to

A copy of the Call for Papers in pdf format is available here: ISKOUK2019CFP