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PREFORMA International Conference (Tallinn, 11-12 Oct 2017)

PREFORMA International Conference – Shaping our future memory standards

National Library of Estonia, Tallinn on 11-12 October 2017.

Aim of the event is to highlight the importance of standardisation and file format validation for the long term preservation of digital cultural content, present the open source conformance checkers developed in PREFORMA and look at future challenges and opportunities.

Hosted by the National Library of Estonia, the conference will include: keynote speeches by international experts in digital preservation; live demonstrations of the software; examples and good practices of memory institutions that are integrating the PREFORMA tools in their environments; and panel discussions to reflect on how to sustain and further develop the results of the project.

The event is intended for anyone dealing with digital preservation of images, documents and audiovisual files. This conference is a great opportunity to ask and exchange with international experts, fellow archivists and even Open Source developers about file format questions, issues and challenges we are facing today.

IC3K 2017 (Madeira, 1-3 Nov 2017)

9th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management

Funchal, Madeira – Portugal (1-3 November, 2017)

The conference hosts three separate mini-conferences. The purpose of the IC3K is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners on the areas of Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management. IC3K is composed of three co-located conferences, each specialized in at least one of the aforementioned main knowledge areas.

   9th International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval

Program Chair   Ana Fred, Instituto de Telecomunicações / IST, Portugal

   9th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development

Program Co-chairs   David Aveiro, University of Madeira / Madeira-ITI, Portugal;
Jan Dietz, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

   9th International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing

Program Co-chairs   Kecheng Liu, University of Reading, United Kingdom;
Jorge Bernardino, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra – ISEC, Portugal;
Ana Carolina Salgado, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.

For more information about this conference, go to:
What is KEOD?
 Knowledge Engineering (KE) refers to all technical, scientific and social aspects involved in building, maintaining and using knowledge-based systems. KE is a multidisciplinary field, bringing in concepts and methods from several computer science domains such as artificial intelligence, databases, expert systems, decision support systems and geographic information systems.
Ontology Development (OD) aims at building reusable semantic structures that can be informal vocabularies, catalogs, glossaries as well as more complex finite formal structures representing the entities within a domain and the relationships between those entities. Ontologies, have been gaining interest and acceptance in computational audiences: formal ontologies are a form of software, thus software development methodologies can be adapted to serve ontology development. A wide range of applications is emerging, especially given the current web emphasis, including library science, ontology-enhanced search, e-commerce and business process design.

Workshop: How to Build a Semantic Web database in one morning (London, 29 July 2017)

For anyone attending the Building Cultural Heritage Knowledge Conference on 27-28 July, there is also an opportunity to attend a free workshop called How to build a semantic web database in one morning‘.

Saturday 29 July 2017, 09:00 – 13:00 BST

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Sackler Seminar Rooms, Clore Conference Center

This workshop is only open to delegates attending the ResearchSpace Symposium, Building Cultural Heritage Knowledge on 27th/28th July. The objective is to model and build a live Semantic Web database with data input and presentation features. The workshop will introduce delegates to Semantic modelling, the CIDOC CRM ontology and the ResearchSpace Semantic Web Database Builder. Other working examples will also be discussed.

There are no technical requirements and cultural heritage subject experts interested in digital knowledge representation are encouraged to attend and anyone wanting to implement a Semantic Web, Linked Data, site.

Attendees should bring their own laptop.

To register for the workshop, please go here:


Taxonomy Boot Camp (London, 17-18 Oct 2017).

Online registration now open for Taxonomy  Boot Camp London

Olympia , London, 17 – 18 October 2017

Whatever your level of taxonomy expertise – from newbie to seasoned professional – Taxonomy Boot Camp will help you to energise your data, content and information processes, enabling you to embed taxonomies across your websites, content management systems, enterprise search, apps and more.

Learn about:

  • Invaluable advice from expert practitioners
  • Case studies from sectors including government, publishing and science
  • In-depth presentations to deepen your practice
  • Resources to help you progress your career
  • Inspiring speakers from different countries
  • A chance to network with peers in a lively, friendly atmosphere

Speakers from: BBC ● Cisco ● Dept for Education ● Elsevier ● Government Digital Service ● Hackney Borough Council ● ICAEW ● LSE ● Pearson ● Thomson Reuters ● UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ● World Bank Group, and more …

Read the full programme here, and register online to take advantage of a range of generous attendance discounts, including 40% off multi-delegate registrations.

ISKO-UK Conference on Knowledge Organisation (London, 11-12 Sept 2017)

“Knowledge Organisation: what’s the story?” 

Classification, Indexing, Taxonomies and Ontologies – current state and direction of travel.

Conference programme here.

‘One of the highlights of the conference will be the second day’s “False Narratives” session, aiming to develop a KO response to post-truth phenomena such as Fake news, Alternative facts, Social media echo chambers and other worrying developments. Not everyone is worried, though. According to some analyses, fake news may not have had  much impact on events such as the 2016 US presidential election. Should we worry more about the home-grown bias  of personalized feeds from our web browsers?

Enlightenment on the technical issues, and energy to pursue solutions, will come from our first two speakers in this special session on 12 September:

  • a research project led by the innovative Dave Clarke explores ways of combating the post-truth phenomena, in consultation with leading information professionals;
  • just 3 months after the snap election, Nick Poole  reports on CILIP’s “Facts Matter” campaign and where we go from here.’




International UDC Seminar (London, 14-15 Sept 2017)

The International UDC Seminar 2017 “Faceted Classification Today: Theory, Technology and End Users” will take place in London on 14-15 September 2017 at Wellcome Collection. This is the sixth in a series of International UDC Seminars devoted to advances in documentary classification research and their application in a networked environment.

This conference revisits faceted analytical theory as a method for (re)constructing modern analytico-synthetic classifications and explores potential fields of application for facet analysis in information organization. It is aimed at information professionals, researchers, lecturers in library and information science and computer science as well as controlled vocabulary developers and designers.

Title: FACETED CLASSIFICATION TODAY: theory, technology and end users

Date:  14-15 September 2017

Venue: Wellcome Collection Building, 183 Euston Road, London, United Kingdom


UDC Seminar 2017 revisits faceted analytical theory as one of the most influential methodologies in the development of knowledge organization systems.

To learn more about the conference programme and to register, go to the conference website

The Wellcome Building.jpg

About the organizer:

“Faceted Classification Today” is the sixth biennial conference in a series of International UDC Seminars organized by the Universal Decimal Classification Consortium (UDC Consortium). UDCC is a not-for-profit organization, based in The Hague, established to maintain and distribute the UDC and to support its use and development ( UDC is one of the most widely used knowledge organization systems in the bibliographic domain.

FISH-HEIRNET: next meeting 9 June 2017

FISH members attending the next FISH-HEIRNET Spring Meeting – this will take place at Historic England’s main office in Waterhouse Square, London, on Friday 9 June 2017

Time: 11.00 – 16:00. (Working Lunch provided at 13:00).

Topics will include BIM4Heritage, how heritage terminologies map to BIM, updates on OASIS, the Thesaurus of Cultural Heritage, HIAS (including HERALD*), and reports from FISH contributing organisations.

See London Meeting Agenda for more details. 


*HERALD: Historic Environment Research Archives, Links and Data is the project name given to the redevelopment of the OASIS system and Stage 1 ran from January 2014 to May 2015. The project involved consulting the users from different sectors of the historic environment community using a combination of workshops,  surveys, telephone interviews to produce a number of survey reports. This then informed the design of a mock up of a new OASIS system to test potential changes in workflows and content gathered. The comments received from the community on the mock up and the survey reports went on to produce the recommendations for a new system in the final report.



IRMS Conference 2017 (21-23 May, Glasgow)

The next Information & Records Management Society (IRMS) Conference 2017 will take place on 21-23 May, at the Hilton in Glasgow, Scotland.

The conference focuses on records management and record-keeping for the commercial business sector rather than the heritage arena but is still relevant in certain areas. For more information about the program, click here for a conference summary or the full program.

Conference Topics

Key Features

  • High-level keynotes
  • Focused workshops
  • Interactive debates
  • Comprehensive exhibition
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • Fully inclusive conference and hotel packages



Policy-UK Forum: A New Framework for UK Data Protection (London, 18 May 2017)

A New Framework for UK Data Protection
GDPR Implementation, Business Challenges and the Implications of Brexit

Date: Thursday, 18th May 2017 (08:30 – 13.00)
Location: 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ


  • Christopher Docksey, Director, European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Rob Luke, Deputy Commissioner (Policy), Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Jo Blazey, Privacy Officer & Counsel, Vodafone;
  • Chris Combemale, Chief Executive, Direct Marketing Association;
  • Philip James, Partner, Sheridans; and
  • Steve Wright, Group Data Privacy & Information Security Officer, John Lewis Partnership.

Key issues for discussion:

Preparing for General Data Protection RegulationImplementation, Best Practice and Enforcement:

Discuss key implementation and compliance challenges facing data controllers and processors; best-practice compliance procedures; and the challenges and opportunities of elevating data protection to a board level concern.

Innovation and Business OperationsPrivacy by Design, Competitiveness and the Value of Data:

Analyse how organisations are transitioning to Privacy by Design; the potential impact on business operations; and how systems and procedures may need to be upgraded to improve security, consent and facilitate data portability and the right to be forgotten.

A British Approach to Data Protection – The Challenges and Opportunities of Brexit

Consider to what extent there is still uncertainty regarding the future UK data protection framework; the challenges and opportunities of regulatory equivalence and keeping cross-border data flows open; and the options for amending GDPR post-Brexit to create a bespoke UK data protection framework.

Places at the forum (including course materials and refreshments) are £225 (+VAT)

Building Cultural Heritage Knowledge, British Museum (27-28 July 2017)

A symposium on Building Cultural Heritage Knowledge will take place at the British Museum on 27-28th July 2017. A workshop on building semantic databases will also be held on the 29th (tba).

Dates: Thursday 27 July  & Friday 28 July 2017

Location: British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

The conference seeks to highlight the challenges for sustainable knowledge building between cultural heritage institutions, universities and the other interested audiences.

‘How do we combine knowledge, skills and experience to create digital resources that have high research value, meaningful content, and are interesting to a wide range of people and groups? How can interdisciplinary work be practically supported and maintained? How can the outputs of digital research be academically robust and accessible for reuse in other projects? How can we avoid digital disruption and fragmentation? Finally, what role should cultural heritage institutions and organisations play in preserving and disseminating knowledge?’

A number of bursaries are available.

The event is advertised with details on EventBrite at and will be updated regularly.

The British Museum/ResearchSpace symposium is funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.