First ISKO-Low Countries Conference

20th-21st June 2019, Brussels

Conference and Inaugural Meeting

Morsels of Knowledge

Call for Papers

Our CFP is currently closed


Basic Units, Concept Theory, Classification, Indexing, Taxonomies and Ontologies, Information Studies

20th – 21st June 2019, Brussels

In June of 2019, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will host the organizing conference by the Low Countries chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organisation. The theme for this conference will be Morsels of Knowledge The question of how the most elementary, basic units of knowledge can be identified, retrieved and extracted and can be organized has a long history. This conference explores the potential of such orders of basic units of knowledge for current structures of knowledge organisation. It links enquiries into the essential constituents of stored knowledge with questions about how they are conceptualized, perceived and digested in multiple disciplines.

An inaugural meeting will be held in the margins of the conference, aiming to officially establish the Low Countries as a new ISKO chapter.

Call for Papers

The field of Knowledge Organisation (KO) in Belgium and the Netherlands is generally considered to be a practical discipline, intended to support and validate existing processes and practices in libraries and archives.

Dramatic changes in information technology and -culture in the early 21st century have created questions that can only be addressed by allowing a broader perspective.

Therefore we invite scholars and practitioners of a variety of disciplines to contribute to the ongoing inquiry of how knowledge can be optimally defined, stored and conveyed in a contemporary context.

Relevant topics include:

  • What are elemental units of knowledge, and how can they be curated?
  • What are the contemporary views towards accepted knowledge?
  • What are the latest developments in KO?
  • What role can classification theory play in the future use of basic units of knowledge?
  • Who is charge in the quality of such basic units and how can they be best distributed and preserved
  • How does what we read/process/find change who we are?
  • What lessons have been learned in knowledge organization?
  • What are the next steps for research?

The Low Countries Chapter of ISKO intends to showcase innovative, inspirational and multidisciplinary research in a relentless pursuit towards excellence in the study of Knowledge Organisation.

It is our intention to form a network of researchers and practitioners in a field that is constantly in motion. We aim to identify, clarify and tackle essential aspects concerning the preservation and organisation of all aspects of the human intellectual heritage.

We are looking forward to welcoming anyone with an interest in this research area from Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as the worldwide KO community, in Brussels.

Important Dates

March 15, 2019: Submission deadline Submissions Closed

April 5, 2019: Notification to authors

June 20-21, 2019: Conference

Title and short proposal abstracts (no longer than 500 words) should be sent to