TD1210 Workshop Observatory for Knowledge Organisation Systems in Malta – Programme available

TD1210 Workshop Observatory for Knowledge Organisation Systems in Malta – Programme available


Systems to organise our knowledge are as old as knowledge production itself. Today we talk about knowledge graphs, and in them library classifications stay next to domain-specific controlled vocabulary, and domain specific ontologies. Waving all this structured information into one connected graph requires interoperability of data and metadata schema, but also keeping track of provenance and versions. This includes to curate also the versions of Knowledge Organisation Systems which enable access to our cultural heritage. To be able to develop research strategies we first need to gain an overview about the multiplicity of KOS, their size and features. This workshops brings together experts to discuss a first framework for such a typology which will develop in a backbone for a KOS observatory.


The venue of the event is Spazju Kreattivthe national Centre for creativity. It would be most practical for participants to book their accommodation in Valletta or in Floriana which would both be walking distance.

Castille hotel is just 2 minutes from the venue; another hotel nearby is Osborne hotel. In the last years many small boutique hotels opened in Valletta – but it might be sensible to avoid the area close to St John Cathedral because the bells might disturb your rest.


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Co-organised by the Department for Library Information and Archiving Sciences of the University of Malta and Wikimedia Community Malta, and hosted by Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta, Malta.  

The event organisers are grateful to Malta Libraries and Malta Tourism Authority for their in-kind support. 

The Observatory will be accompanied by a debate “Do we need to showcase better the Maltese heritage within the Wikipedia movement?” (6-7.30 pm, 2 February 2017) and the 1st Wikimedia edit-a-thon (9-12 am, 3 February 2017). The edit-a-thon requires registration.

We will also work on a special issue for the Open Information Science journal of De Gruyter Open.

The workshop is organised in collaboration with DARIAH.Malta and DARIAH.EU