Visiting Professor & Member of the Information Organization Research Group at the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
Ethics in Information Organization: Visualizing Extension, Monitoring Shifting Intention
Saturday, June 16, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
The 2009 Ethics in Information Organization (EIO) conference broke ground by bringing together practitioners and scholars in IO to discuss and debate the cultural imperatives inherent in ethical decision-making for the organization of information, both applied and theoretical. The 2012 second conference builds on that experience by extending the discussion, and by generating a body of research sufficient to allow beginning visualization of the themes identifying the intention and extension of EIO as a community of discourse. Figure 1 shows these themes in comparative form, with EIO2 in the outer ring and EIO1 in the inner ring. We see that while there was greater thematic diversity in EIO1, there is thematic coherence arising from continuity and depth in EIO2. The main themes are: user, ethical, knowledge, national, description, and access. The other terms shown, e.g., metadata, representation, etc., occur with lower frequency. The extension, then, clearly is a trajectory incorporating ethics and the user, while the intention includes all applied approaches to IO as well as a strong sense of national cultural identity.
Richard P. Smiraglia has defined the meaning of “a work” empirically, and has revealed the ubiquitous phenomenon of instantiation among information objects. The Nature of ‘A Work’ (2001) was the first monograph-length treatment of the work, and was followed soon by the 2002 anthology Works as Entities for Information Retrieval. His article “The works phenomenon and best-selling books” was voted the best of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly for volume 44 (2007). He is preparing a monograph on knowledge organization in which he seeks to survey domain-distinct approaches to basic concepts such as taxonomy, typology, and ontology. He is also working with knowledge theory, with the phenomenological aspect of social tagging, and with cultural heritage ontology for data-mining. He is a former flautist, model railroader, an excellent chef, a priest of the Episcopal Church, and an amateur linguist. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Knowledge Organization, published by Ergon-Verlag of Würzburg.