NASKO 2017: Visualizing Knowledge Organization: Bringing Focus to Abstract Realities

Call for Participation--Deadline Extended!

Conference Venue: the iSchool at Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Conference Dates: June 15 – 16, 2017

Deadline for Proposals: February 20, 2017

Knowledge organization and the systems that constitute its primary products seek to to make abstractions of knowledge concrete. Visualization is an increasingly popular way to create pictorial representations of knowledge using diverse methodologies, which seek to aid in the clarity of the comprehension and understanding of knowledge abstractions and their organization in knowledge space. Also, metaphorical “visualization” can involve the use of diverse methodologies to focus and enhance breadth of viewpoints in knowledge space. The Sixth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2017) invites participants to bring forth approaches to visualizing knowledge, knowledge organization, and knowledge organization systems.

Possible topics to explore include: theory of KO, history and foundations of KO, legacy and emerging KOSs, epistemological stances in KO, visual approaches to KO, domain analytical approaches to KO, cultural approaches to KO, sustainability and KO, the future of KO, and anything else.

Proposals for research papers, position papers, posters, and a doctoral symposium are welcomed. Acceptable languages for conference submissions include English, French, or Spanish. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals should include the name(s) of the author(s), their complete mailing and e-mail addresses, and their telephone numbers. The title of the proposal should include a term denoting the category of submission: Paper, Poster, Doctoral Symposium.

All proposals should be uploaded to the EasyChair conference site:

Proposal categories:

Research and Position Papers:

Proposals should include a title and be no more than 1500 words with citations (citations not included in word count). 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.


Proposals should include a title and be no more than 500 words with citations (citations not included in word count).

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 the job market. Students accepted into the doctoral symposium will have their conference registration fees waived.


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

February 20, 2017: Submission deadline

March 20, 2017: Notification to authors

May 8, 2017: 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:

Planning Committee:

Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thomas Dousa, University of Chicago
Patrick Keilty, University of Toronto
Barbara Kwasnik, University of Syracuse
Hur-Li Lee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Laura Ridenour, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Program Committee:

Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, co-chair
Laura Ridenour, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, co-chair

Ann Graf, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Athena Salaba, Kent State University
Daniel Martínez Ávila, Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP
Cristina Pattuelli, Pratt University
Dagobert Soergel, University at Buffalo
Eva Hourihan Jansen, University of Toronto
Gercina Lima, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerai
Hur-Li Lee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Jane Greenberg, Drexel University
Jonathan Furner, University of California Los Angeles
Karen Snow, Dominican University
Lynne Howarth, University of Toronto
Marcia Zeng, Kent State University
Rachel Clarke, University of Syracuse
Sandy Roe, Illinois State University
Thomas Dousa, University of Chicago
Rick Szostak, University of Alberta
Melodie Fox, Bryant and Stratton College
Melissa Adler, University of Kentucky