Organisers - 2019
This conference is curated by four 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.
- Agnes Molnar brings deep practical insight into how taxonomy and search intreract.
Dave Clarke is co-founder and CEO of the Synaptica® group of companies, providers of enterprise software solutions for knowledge organization and discovery. He served on the authoring committee of the 2005 version of the US national standard for controlled vocabularies, ANSI/NISO Z39.19 Dave leads research and development at Synaptica, including software solutions for taxonomy and ontology management, text analytics and auto-categorization, image annotation and indexing, and Linked Data management. He is involved in educational outreach programs including LD4PE the Linked Data for Professional Education initiative of DCMI. Synaptica software solutions have attracted numerous international awards including: Knowledge Management World magazine’s 100 Companies that Matter in KM and Trend Setting Product of the Year (multiple awards between 2011 and 2018). In 2016 Clarke was awarded the Knowledge Management Leadership Award by the Global Knowledge Management Congress. Dave is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts London, and a Leadership Fellow of St. George’s House, Windsor Castle.
Blog: https://davidclarke.blog/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-clarke-3477a21 Twitter: @DavidClarkeBlog
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, Visiting Professor in the KIM PhD programme at Bangkok University, President of the International Society for Knowledge Organization Singapore Chapter 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. Patrick is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and serves on CILIP's advisory board for the development of a chartered professionals programme in knowledge management. His most recent book, co-authored with Nick Milton, is The Knowledge Manager's Handbook, published by Kogan Page, and he is currently working on a book about knowledge auditing and evidence-based knowledge management.
Blog: http://www.greenchameleon.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/plambe/ Twitter: @plambesg
Maish is a highly respected thought leader and practitioner in the field of design and innovation with over 20 years of experience with different types of organisations. His projects cover digital transformation, strategic innovation and design of complex informational environments. Maish is the founder and Principal of PebbleRoad (www.pebbleroad.com), an innovative user experience design consultancy that helps organisations accelerate their digital transformation efforts. He has been an active member of the design community since 2000 and has spoken at international conferences, held workshops, and written articles on the subject. Maish is also Vice President of the International Society for Knowledge Organization Singapore Chapter.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/maishnichani/ Twitter: @maish
Agnes Molnar is CEO and Managing Consultant of Search Explained, specialising in Enterprise Search and Information Architecture. She joined the core IKO curation team in 2019 after several years of supporting the conference on its Advisory Board. 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.
Stella Dextre Clarke
Stella Dextre Clarke has a long track record as 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 former Vice-President of ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization).
Charlie co-founded search consultancy Flax and recently joined OpenSource Connections where he acts as a Managing Consultant and leads operations in the U.K. He writes and blogs about search topics, runs the London Lucene/Solr Meetup and regularly delivers keynotes and speaks at other search events across the world. He co-authored Searching the Enterprise with Professor Udo Kruschwitz. Follow Charlie on Twitter @FlaxSearch.
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. Dickson Lukose is the Chief Data Scientist at GCS Agile (Australia). With over 25 years of experience in consulting services, applied research and development of Intelligence Systems, Dr. Lukose now leads a team of Artificial Intelligence Scientist and Data Scientist doing Big Data Analytics. Prior to joining GCS Agile, Dr. Lukose was the Senior Director and Head of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab in MIMOS Berhad (Malaysia), focused on software platform development using Semantic Technology, Machine Learning, large scale Social Network Analytics and Natural Language Processing of unstructured big data. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lukose spent 7 years as Principal Knowledge Engineer with Mindbox Inc. (USA), responsible for architecture and development of high performance AI software for the Financial Sector. He holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD from Deakin University (Australia). Dr. Lukose has authored over 80 research papers and technical reports on the subject of artificial intelligence, knowledge acquisition and modeling for scientific journals and conference proceedings, chaired or co-chaired over 25 international conferences on these subjects, and edited a number of books in these areas.
Jane McConnell has conducted research about organizations in the digital age through yearly, global surveys for 10 years. In the course of this research, she defined a “foundational framework” which has served as guidance for many companies throughout the world. Her current research is about the "gig mindset inside organizations” and one of the first outcomes is "How the Gig Mindset Inside Organizations Will Shape Our Future”, published as part of the Global Peter Drucker Forum blog. Jane has published articles in the Harvard Business Review and in the MIT Sloan Management Review about organizational cultures, internal politics and other human dimensions of the workplace. Her analysis is fed by data from her research and 18 years of hands-on advising for intranet and digital workplace strategies in over 60 large, global organizations. She currently organizes private management briefings and workshops. When she isn’t working, she spends time hiking in the Provencal garrigue in France where she has lived for many years.
Matt Moore is a sessional lecturer and honorary associate at the University of Technology Sydney, and is IT Strategy and Design Manager at Seven West Media in Sydney Australia. Matt has spent over 20 years working in knowledge and information management, learning, marketing, sales operations and communications with organisations such as PwC, IBM, Oracle and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. He is co-convenor of the Information Innovation @ UTS seminar series.
James Robertson is recognised as one of the global thought-leaders on intranets. He is the author of Essential intranets: inspiring sites that deliver value, Designing intranets: creating sites that work and What every intranet team should know, the key books for all intranet professionals. As founder and managing director of Step Two (headquartered in Sydney, Australia), James has worked with many high-profile organisations in the public and private sectors, and founded the annual Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards. James has keynoted conferences and workshops across the globe, including in the USA, UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand.
Eric Tachibana is Professional Services Area Practice Manager APAC, China, and Japan for Amazon Web Services, focusing on digital transformation and innovation. He is a serial entrepreneur with four successful exits in Silicon Valley and Asia, an angel investor with six successful trade sales, a graduate level educator on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and an author on technology strategy and software development. Eric has also worked as COO for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS, and won the IDG Top 10 Bankers of Asia Award in 2013. Eric is a well-known evangelist for Amazon's unique innovation and transformation culture.
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 with a second edition in 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.
Dr. Marcia Lei Zeng is Professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Information Sciences at University of Pittsburgh (USA) and M.A. from Wuhan University (China). She has been involved in the development and research of knowledge organization systems (KOS) for over 25 years and contributed to the related standards including NISO Z39.19 and ISO 25964 for structured vocabularies. Her services include the Executive Board member of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), Director-at-large of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and member of the Executive Committee of Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). Her major research interests include KOS, Linked Data, metadata and markup languages, smart data and big data, database quality control, semantic technologies, and digital humanities.
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