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Membership of organizations
Bliss Classification Association Committee (Chair, 2010- , Acting Secretary 2005-)
Universal Decimal Classification Revision Board (Associate Editor 2007-)
Classification Research Group 1972-
International Society for Knowledge Organization
International Society for Knowledge Organization - UK Chapter (Chair)
IFLA Standing Committee on Classification and Indexing (2001-2004)
Associate member of CILIP
CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group
CILIP Information Services Group

Professional/industry engagement activities
M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries "Applying to study library and information science" annual event [Regular speaker]
Department of Information Studies and ISKO UK joint events for LIS practitioners [Host and co-organizer]
     Legal know how: organization and semantic analysis November 2010
     Linked data: the future of knowledge organization on the web September 2010
     Seeing is believing: new technologies for cultural heritage June 2010
     Recording the living world March 2010
     Records and information management in transition September 2009
     Human-machine symbiosis for data interpretation April 2009
     Semantic analysis technology: categories, concepts, and context November 2008
     Sharing vocabularies on the web via SKOS July 2008
     Agenda for information retrieval June 2008
     Confronting the future: organizing and managing knowledge in the Web 2.0 age March 2008
     Ranganathan revisited: facets for the future November 2007
     Tools for knowledge organization today September 2007

Research activities
Revision of the Bliss Bibliographic Classification
This is a long-term project, in conjunction with the Bliss Classification Association for the complete revision of Bliss's Bibliographic Classification incorporating modern classification theory, particularly the principles of facet analysis. To date 13 volumes have been published, the most recent being that for Class W, Fine arts. Current work includes the development of a faceted thesaurus format using Music as a test discipline.
UDC revision
I have been working on the revision of parts of the UDC since 1997. Work to date includes the revision of the auxiliary tables, including new auxiliaries for properties, processes, operations and relations, and a completely new Class 2, Religion.

Research projects
Facet analytical theory in knowledge structures Funded by the AHRC under its Innovation Awards Scheme
Automatic metadata generation for resource discovery Joint research project with the AHDS, funded by JISC
EASTER Evaluating automated subject tools for enhancing retrieval Consultancy on a JISC funded project hosted at UKOLN

Peer reviewing
Peer reviewer for Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, Journal of documentation, Knowledge organization

Chaired conferences
CoLIS (Concepts in Library and Information Science) Seventh International Conference: unity in diversity, London 21-24 June, 2010
ISKO UK First National Conference: managing and exploiting diverse resources, UCL, London 23-24 June, 2009
ISKO Eighth International Conference: knowledge organization and the global information society. 13-16th July 2004. London, UK

Keynote addresses and invited papers
CILIP Information Services Group Diamond Jubilee event, 12 November 2010, London "Why teach information sources in the 20th century?"
Eighth TEI Members meeting: supporting cultural heritage research, 16-18 November 2008, London. "Metadata and content: common ground in representing meaning".
11th Workshop di Teca, Bari, 23-24 June, 2008
"Terminologie a facette nel recupero dell'informazione: l'importanza del controllo del vocabolario nei sistemi di informazione contemporanei" (Translation by Laura Ballestra) in I workshop di Teca: 8 focus per le biblioteche. Bari: Edizioni dal Sud, 2010, p. 79-84
Scandinavian conference: The Challenge of the Electronic Environment to the Organization of Knowledge - An International Seminar on Subject Access to Information, Helsinki, 19-20 April 2004 "Faceted classification: a tool for subject access in the twenty-first century".

Conference participation

Eleventh International ISKO Conference: paradigms and conceptual systems in KO 23-26 February, 2010, Rome “Finding Bliss on the web: some problems of representing faceted terminologies in digital environments”.
Tenth International ISKO Conference: culture and identity in knowledge organization, 5-8 August 2008, Montréal, Canada “Language related problems in the construction of faceted terminologies and their automatic management”.
Eighth International ISKO Conference: knowledge organization and the global information society. 13-16th July 2004. London, UK “Bliss Bibliographic Classification in action: moving from a special to a universal faceted classification via a digital platform”.
Seventh International ISKO Conference: challenges in knowledge representation and organization for the 21st century; integration of knowledge across boundaries 10-13 July 2002 Granada, Spain “Facet analytical theory as a basis for knowledge organization tools in a subject portal".
Sixth International ISKO Conference: dynamism and stability in knowledge organization, 10-13 July 2000 Toronto, Canada “Structural, linguistic and mathematical elements in indexing languages and search engines; implications for the use of index languages in electronic and non-LIS environments”.

67th IFLA Council and General Conference Boston USA 16-25 August 2001. "Teaching classification in the 21st century".
66th IFLA Council and General Conference Jerusalem Israel 13-18 August. “A new classification for the literature of religion”.
64th Council and General Conference of IFLA Amsterdam Netherlands 16-21 August 1998. “The revision process in UDC: an examination of the systematic auxiliary of ‘Point-of-View’ using facet analytical methods” [Paper delivered at Workshop “UDC in the next Millennium”]

8th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop at the 13th European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) Conference, Corfu.
(with Golub K, Buchanan G, Everitt E, Nielsen M, Soergel D, Tudhope D.)
"EASTER project: Evaluating Automated Subject Tools for Enhancing Retrieval".
6th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop at the European Conference on Digital Libraries, Budapest 17-21 September, 2007Facet analysis as a fundamental theory for structuring subject organization tools”.

UDC International Seminar: Classification at the crossroads. 29-30 October, 2009, The Hague
“Concepts and terms in the faceted classification: the case of UDC”.

ISKO UK Conference Content architecture: managing and exploiting diverse resources, 23-24 June, 2009, London "Facet analysis as the theoretical basis of vocabulary tool construction and subject representation in real and digital environments".

New directions in humanities computing. 14th Joint international conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities, University of Tubingen 2002 . "Facet analytical theory as a basis for a subject organization tool in a humanities portal".

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