Organisers - 2015
This conference is curated by three thought leaders and practitioners in knowledge organisation, supported by a distinguished Advisory Board:
- Dave Clarke brings the big picture perspective on linked data, semantic web, and technology infrastructure for knowledge organisation.
- Patrick Lambe brings expertise in the "middleware" of knowledge organisation: taxonomies, search and auto-classification.
- Maish Nichani brings the "front end" perspective of designing environments for real people doing real work.
David is co-founder and CEO of the Synaptica® group of companies, providers of enterprise software solutions for taxonomy and ontology management. His previous roles include CTO of Synapse Corporation and Global Taxonomy Director at Dow Jones. He served on the NISO committee responsible for authoring the 2005 version of the US national standard for controlled vocabularies, ANSI/NISO Z39.19, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. David leads R&D at Synaptica, and is currently developing a range of Linked Data software solutions for ontology management, semantic indexing and content annotation.
Patrick is the author of Organising Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisation Effectiveness (Oxford 2007), one of the leading books in knowledge organisation. He is co-founder and Principal Consultant of Straits Knowledge, an Adjunct Professor in KM at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Visiting Professor in the KIM PhD programme at Bangkok University, 2-term past President of the Information and Knowledge Management Society and a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Knowledge Management, Knowledge Management For Development Journal, and Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation. He consults, teaches and trains on taxonomy development and knowledge organisation around the world.
Maish is a highly respected thought leader and practitioner in the field of user experience design with over 10 years of experience in designing complex information environments. His projects cover user needs analysis, technology selection, usability design, information architecture and intranet design. He is the founder and Principal of PebbleRoad, an innovative user experience design consultancy that helps organisations turn complex, challenging problems into elegant, innovative designs. He has been an active member of the design community since 2000, having spoken at international conferences, held workshops, written articles and two books on information design. Maish has curated and led learning events on designing the search experience, the art of persuasive design, building search based applications, using pattern libraries and content modelling, service design, and usability.
Dr Janine Douglas is former National President of Australia’s Institute for Information Management (IIM), a consultant with Information Enterprises Australia, and a member of Edith Cowan University’s School of Computer and Security Science Consultative Committee and several Standards Australia subcommittees. Janine’s PhD investigated information culture and its impact on strategic outcomes and service delivery. She was awarded the Edith Cowan University Research Medal in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Her work covers strategic use and management of information and knowledge for business improvement and organisational learning.
Stella Dextre Clarke
Stella Dextre Clarke is an independent consultant specializing in the design of thesauri and other types of Knowledge Organization System. After leading the development of the standard BS 8723 (Structured Vocabularies for Information Retrieval) she also chaired the Working Group responsible for ISO 25964, today’s international standard for thesauri. Her work on vocabulary standards was recognized in 2006 when she won the Tony Kent Strix Award for outstanding achievement in information retrieval. Stella is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and is currently Vice-President of ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization).
Marjorie M.K. Hlava
Marjorie M.K. Hlava is author of the three volume book series on taxonomies and thesauri, The Taxobook (Morgan & Claypool, 2014). She is well known internationally for her work in the implementation of information science principles and the technology and standards that support them. She is president of Access Innovations, Inc., which she founded in 1978. She served as president of National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services, which awarded her the Miles Conrad lectureship in 2014. She has also served as president of ASIS&T, which awarded her the prestigious Watson Davis Award. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). She is now developing ontological structures to serve linked data, which she feels is the future of semantics and information science.
Chris Khoo is an associate professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Division of Information Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he teaches courses in knowledge organisation, information architecture, data mining and Web-based information systems. He obtained his PhD at Syracuse University in 1997, his MSc in Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1987, and a BA from Harvard University. He has also worked for several years as a science reference librarian, cataloger and online information searcher at the National University of Singapore Libraries. His main research interests are in knowledge organization, ontologies, automatic sentiment categorization, human categorization behavior, natural language processing, information extraction, multidocument summarization, and clinical decision support systems.
Dr Mun-Kew Leong
Dr Mun-Kew Leong is Deputy Director of the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore. He oversees the graduate programmes at NUS ISS. Prior to ISS, Mun-Kew was at the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) as CTO, Deputy CIO, and Director, Digital & Knowledge Infrastructure. As Deputy CIO, he started efforts in master data management, enterprise architecture and corporate governance of IT. Before NLB, Mun-Kew was Principal Scientist at the Institute for Infocomm Research and VP/CTO of an IT startup. He has published and patented and is an invited speaker in many talks. Mun-Kew received his PhD from Stanford University and has more than 25 years of R&D and commercial experience in IT.
Agnes Molnar is CEO and Managing Consultant of Search Explained, specialising in Enterprise Search and Information Architecture. She has worked for various companies throughout the world, developing dozens of Enterprise Search implementations for both commercial and government organizations. She is especially renowned for her familiarity and extensive knowledge in SharePoint and other Content Management Systems. Since 2008, Agnes has been a consistent recipient of the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, for actively sharing her technical knowledge. She is a regular speaker at technical conferences and symposiums around the globe. She has also co-authored several books and white papers. She also maintains her passion and dedication on the subject through her blog, where she shares troubleshooting tips, best practices, and other useful resources in Content Management with a light and wholesome approach.
Douglas Oard is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park (USA), with joint appointments in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). Dr. Oard earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. His research interests center around the use of emerging technologies to support information seeking by end users, most notably on interactive techniques for cross-language information retrieval, on searching conversational media such as speech or email, on e-discovery, and on supporting information access in large archival collections. Additional information is available at http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~oard/.
Sam Oh is professor at Sungkyunkwan University iSchool in Seoul, Korea and affiliate professor at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining Sungkyukwan University, he taught at the UW for 4 years. The scope of his teaching curriculum includes metadata and ontology design, social data analytics, semantic data modeling, digital libraries, and information architecture. The current focus of his research is on the integration of ontology into social data analytics and the enhancement of linked data using ISO identifiers.
Angus Roberts is a Senior Researcher at the University of Sheffield, where he leads life science work for the world-leading language engineering toolkit, GATE http://gate.ac.uk. GATE is an open source text analytics and natural language processing software project that is in wide use in journalism, pharmaceutical and cancer research, and recruitment, among others. Originally a biomedical scientist, Angus developed a research interest in the use of terminologies and ontologies in medicine, and in the infrastructure needed to support their management. This has evolved into an interest in the use of ontologies and linked data to provide semantics for the text mining of large volumes of text, and indexing text collections against such knowledge resources. Angus actively promotes the commercial use of GATE, and has advised customers and users from large multinationals, to public sector bodies and SMEs.
Appointed as the Professor of Knowledge Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the President’s Distinguished Professionals Scheme in September 2002, Eric Tsui joined the University as a full time staff in March 2005. In the past 10 years, he has designed and delivered numerous public and custom-designed knowledge management and technologies workshops. He has also consulted for many government departments and private organisations in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei. Eric is Vice President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society, an honorary advisor on KM to the Hong Kong Police College, and a member of the IT Technical Advisory Sub-Committee in the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Professor Tsui is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on eLearning, Chairman of the HKPolyUX MOOC Steering Group and Facilitator of the Community of Practice on use of Learning Management System to enhance Teaching and Learning at his university.
Martin White set up Intranet Focus Ltd in 1999. His work encompasses intranet and information management strategy development, and enterprise search strategy and management. He is a Visiting Professor at the Information School, University of Sheffield and also lectures at City University, London. Martin has written seven books, most recently Enterprise Search for O’Reilly Media in 2012. The second edition will be published in May 2015. He authors a Perspectives column for Business Information Review and a monthly column on enterprise search for CMSWire. His clients have ranged from the United Nations to a small convent in West London. Martin remains puzzled why so many organisations depend on virtual teams and yet spend no effort to train participants and leaders into the complexity of virtual working.
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