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ISKO-France 2015

10th Conference ISKO-France 2015
November 5th– 6th, 2015


Collège Doctoral Européen,
46 Boulevard de la Victoire, 67000 Strasbourg

Knowledge organization systems and digital humanities

Invited speakers

Prof. Favier Laurence (Univ. Lille 3, France)
Dr Julianne Nyhan (University College London, UK)

Knowledge organization has been the main object of research for the French branch of ISKO, since its foundation in 1996. We have successively explored organizational structure, the technical tools of mediation as well as the forms and mechanisms of knowledge-sharing systems. All these questions are related to the mechanisms of the production of information and the circulation of knowledge. As part of this ongoing reflection, the tenth ISKO-France Conference will examine the ways in which digital technology has affected knowledge organization in the humanities and the social sciences.


Over the past fifteen years, digital technology has brought about extensive changes in the conditions of production and dissemination of knowledge. The creation, digitization, structuring, processing and valorization of corpuses of images, texts, sounds, and videos have become such central issues for the sciences that handle them that the questions and practices involved have been brought together under the common heading of “digital humanities”. This field seeks to integrate digital culture and technologies into research practices in the humanities and social sciences. The 2015 edition of the ISKO conference will examine the deep transformation undergone by knowledge organization systems in the digital age, as it pertains to research in the social sciences and humanities.


• Are we witnessing the emergence of new paradigms that are modifying the disciplinary landscape? • Are these changes associated with the rise of new practices in the human sciences? • What is the status of databases and the different models in terms of interoperability? Can the data be exchanged and reused? • What new forms of knowledge organization are being put in place by researchers in humanities who integrate digital research? • How does putting large corpuses on line change scientific research? • What is the impact of such large corpuses on the dissemination of research and the communication of its results? • What are the relationships between researchers and the cultural institutions in charge of the digitization of cultural heritage? • The economic dimensions of the digital humanities?


The Tenth Conference of the French branch of ISKO (ISKO France 2015) calls for contributions exploring theoretical, methodological or practical approaches to these issues, with an emphasis on the various dimensions of the production, organization, and management of knowledge in the digital humanities.

Specifically, we seek submissions of unpublished material relating to the following issues that are not exhaustive:


1. Epistemological approaches to research in the social sciences and the humanities

  • Underlying paradigms
  • Historical, theories and concepts
  • Key questions
  • Issues related to knowledge organization systems in the digital humanities


2. Data representation model within research in the social sciences and the humanities

  • Knowledge organization in relation to social and collaborative uses of the web 2.0
  • Semantic web and interoperability
  • New data models (EAC-CPF, CIDOC-CRM, FRBR…)
  • Open Access
  • Linked data


3. Digital humanities and researchers’ activity in the social sciences and the humanities

  • Dissemination of research and communication of its results
  • Valorization of university research
  • Access to sources
  • Uses of new knowledge organization devices
  • Processing and corpus searches
  • Collaborative practices


4. Place and role of archives and libraries within research for social sciences and humanities

  • Sources digitalization, publication and valorization
  • Database systems
  • XML, XML-EAD, Dublin-Core


5. Economic impact of the research for the social sciences and humanities

  • The Digital Editor (web, smart-phones, e-reader)
  • Cultural products and services
  • Video games and content creation
  • Digital social networks


Instructions for authors

  • Format of documents : word or rtf
  • The articles can be written in French or in English
  • Police : Times 12
  • Number of pages : 1500 words for an extensive summary (title, authors, authors emails, conference theme)
  • Send the proposition at chevry[arobase]


Important Dates

  • April 5 2015 : Deadline electronic extensive summary due
  • May 12 2015 : Notification of acceptance or rejection
  • August 1st 2015 : Deadline electronic final proposals due
  • October 1st 2015 : Closing date for registrations.