Milwaukee, WIASIS&T 2007 Annual Meeting
Joining Research and Practice:
Social Computing and Information Science

October 19-24, 2007  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

18th Annual ASIS&T SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop

Full Day Seminar, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, 8:30am-5:00pm (separate fee)

This year's workshop will focus on the enduring aspects of classification/subject analysis and the presence of those aspects in 
commonly used methods, especially those we encounter in our daily lives. 

The format will provide for a few detailed research talks as well structured discussions, poster presentations and informal chats. Researchers, practitioners, and students interested in classification, both traditional and more current methods, are encouraged to participate.

Current classification practice has deep roots within Western philosophy, for example, the duality of hierarchy prevalent in the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Library of Congress Subject Headings. It is important to be aware of the historical influences within current practice so as not to let them impede efforts to meaningfully organize information in the ongoing complexity of our multifaceted, hybrid environments.

In contrast to the above mentioned organizational tools we have social tagging with its seemingly unrestrained expression of semantic variants and flat tag relationships. However, the research shows, social tagging is not wholly an unruly mob. There are hidden structures and patterns associated with these tags that inform classification practice. 

Concurrent to social tagging there is an ever increasing availability of digital images and demand for image search capabilities which has heightened the need for refinements of visual content organization methods, including the classification of visual descriptors. Indexing visual content continues to provide interesting challenges and opportunities.


The workshop's format is patterned after the successful '06 workshop. It will run from 8:30 until 4:45 with a box lunch and snacks provided. The day will begin with a link/follow-up on one or two key papers/posters presented in '06. We will have a keynote speaker and one or two panels. One-minute madness, introducing the posters, will be followed by a chance to browse the posters followed by a lively panel discussion of the posters. The day will end with a projection of future directions and a summation of the workshops "big ideas".

Workshop chair:
Joan Lussky ( Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science The Catholic University of America, Washington. D.C.


Members $105, non-members $120, before Sept. 14
Members $120, non-members $145, after Sept. 14