Thursday, November 29, 2012

Call for Participation (NASKO 2013): Transition Cultures, Transition KO: Evolving Exploration, Critical Reflection, and Practical Work

Call for Participation (NASKO 2013): Transition Cultures, Transition KO: Evolving Exploration, Critical
Reflection, and Practical Work

ISKO C/US invites submissions of abstracts for its Fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013) to be held June 13-14, 2013, in Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Conference Venue: Continuing Education Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 
Conference Dates: June 13-14, 2013 
Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2013

“The essence of Transition is in its name.  It describes the era of change we are all living in. The Transition idea is about us all being an engaged, active part of that change.”
--Transition Town Movement

Transition is a grassroots movement that pulls on communities to improve local and global conditions in a sustainable way. Similarly, the KO community contributes to the greater good both locally within our own
institutions and globally through interoperable systems, standards, and technologies. In the spirit of transition, the Fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013) conference invites
participants to come together to forge and strengthen the connections that will shape the future of knowledge organization.

Proposals for research papers, position papers, posters, unconference topics and a doctoral symposium are welcomed. Acceptable languages for conference submissions include English, French or Spanish. Graduate
students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Topics to explore include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Theory of KO
- History of KO
- Legacy and emerging KOSs
- Epistemological status of KO
- Domain Analysis approach to KO
- New challenges in teaching KO
- KO research sustainability
- The future of KO
- Sociocultural studies of KO

Proposal categories:
Research and Position Papers: Proposals should include a title and be no more than 1500 words long. Proposals should situate themselves within the extant literature of knowledge organization, and have a clearly articulated theoretical grounding and methodology. Those that report on completed or ongoing work will be given preference. Diverse perspectives and methodologies are welcome.

Posters: Proposals should include a title and be no more than 650 words long.

Unconference Sessions: Proposals of topics for sessions driven by attendees. The unconference will include 30-minute breakout sessions with two or three topics per session, depending on attendance. The proponents
of the topics selected will be hosting the session and deliver a final lightning talk.

Doctoral Symposium: This is an opportunity for doctoral students to discuss their research in progress in a 15-minute presentation. Proposals should consist of a 500-word abstract with citations (citations not included in word count) and a one-page CV.  Students will also have the opportunity to attend a general advising session to discuss their CVs, service commitments, and how to approach the job market.

Proposal format:
Proposals should include the name(s) of the author(s), their complete mailing and e-mail addresses, and their telephone and fax numbers. Please send proposals in Word or .rtf format to

Publication: All accepted papers will be published online. The papers most highly-ranked during the peer-review process will, with permission of the authors, be published, in full, in a future issue of Knowledge Organization.

Important Dates
January 31, 2013: Submission deadline.
March 8, 2013: Notification to authors.
May 8, 2013: Final copy submission.

Bursaries for students
ISKO C/US will offer a limited number of bursaries for students presenting at the conference. Application guidelines will appear on the ISKO C/US website later this year:

Program Committee:
Cristina Pattuelli, Pratt Institute, New York
Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Hur-Li Lee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee

See website for details: