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[InetBib] Call for Papers: Special Issue on Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS)

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Networked Knowledge Organization Systems 
To be published in the International Journal on Digital Libraries 

Important Dates
Paper Submission deadline: January 5, 2015
First notification: March 31, 2015
Revision submission: May 31, 2015
Second notification: July 31, 2015
Final version submission: September 1, 2015

Guest Editors
- Philipp Mayr, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany 
(contact person)
- Douglas Tudhope, Hypermedia Research Unit, Faculty of Computing, Engineering 
and Science, University of South Wales, UK
- Xia Lin, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel 
University,Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
- Stella Dextre Clarke, Information Consultant and Chair, ISKO UK, Luke House, 
- Marcia Lei Zeng, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State 
University, Ohio, USA

Description & Objectives
Since 1998, NKOS as a community has been concerned with discussion of the 
different ways knowledge organization systems (KOS), such as classification 
systems, thesauri, gazetteers, and ontologies, can act as networked interactive 
information services that support the description and retrieval of diverse 
information resources through the Internet. KOS model the underlying semantic 
structure of a domain for information retrieval purposes. Embodied as Web-based 
services, they can facilitate resource discovery and retrieval. They act as 
semantic road maps and make possible a common orientation by indexers and 
future users (whether human or machine).

Today, KOS play a crucial role in digital information management and 
applications generally. Carrying semantics in a well-controlled and documented 
way, KOS serve a variety of important functions: tools for representation and 
indexing of information and documents, knowledge-based support to information 
searchers, semantic road maps to domains and disciplines, communication tool by 
providing conceptual framework, and conceptual basis for knowledge based 
systems, e.g. automated classification systems.

NKOS workshops (http://nkos.slis.kent.edu/) have focused discussion (amongst 
other topics) on early drafts of BSI and ISO KOS standards, the W3C SKOS 
standard, the interface between traditional Library Science vocabularies and 
Semantic Web efforts, KOS linked data, mapping and linking between 
vocabularies, meaningful concept display and visualization, KOS-based user 
interfaces and user evaluation, social tagging and its relation to established 
vocabularies, KOS metadata and the different types of KOS.

This focused issue arises from topics covered by the NKOS workshop series but 
invites submissions from all researchers in the general area. All submissions 
within the broad NKOS/KOS scope are welcome; the special issue calls for papers 
by KOS researchers and developers from different perspectives, such as KOS 
design and construction, API and service developers, retrieval-support 
implementations, user-oriented issues, management of KOS in registries, etc.

This special issue will solicit high quality papers that demonstrate 
exceptional achievements on KOS, including but not limited to:
*             Mapping between KOS Linked Data vocabularies
*             Meaningful Concept Display and Meaningful Visualization of KOS
*             Applications of KOS systems in relation to 'Big data'
*             KOS-based recommender systems for suggestion of meaningful 
*             KOS in e-Research metadata contexts - intersection between 
research data, KOS and the Semantic Web.
*             Management and integration of multiple vocabulary types
*             SKOS extensions
*             Social tagging. The role of social tagging and informal knowledge 
structures versus established KOS.
*             Users' interaction with KOS in the online environment.
*             Quality issues in web-based KOS. Issues concerning large metadata 
sets. Version management.
*             KOS and learning. The requirement for using KOS effectively to 
convey meaning, to assist users expressing their information needs, and to 
facilitate in sense making and learning.
*             Multilingual and Interdisciplinary KOS applications and tools.

Submission Details
Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be 
original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other 
journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference papers must 
contain at least 30% new material to be considered for the special issue. All 
papers are to be submitted by referring to http://www.springer.com/799. At the 
beginning of the submission, under "Article Type", please select the 
appropriate special issue. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the 
journal publication guidelines which can also be found on the website provided 
above or here <https://www.editorialmanager.com/ijdl/>. Papers will be reviewed 
following the journal standard review process.

Please address inquiries to philipp.mayr@xxxxxxxxxx

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Dr. Philipp Mayr
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GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8,  D-50667 Köln, Germany
Tel: + 49 (0) 221 / 476 94 -533
Email: philipp.mayr@xxxxxxxxx
Web: http://www.gesis.org

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