A complete introduction to knowledge organization

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/18/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Claudio Gnoli’s new book “Introduction to Knowledge Organization,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, presents historical precedents and theoretical foundations in a discursive, intelligible form, covering the subject’s philosophical, linguistic, and technical aspects. In the contemporary context of global information exchange through linked data, knowledge organization systems (KOS) need to be represented in standard inter-operable formats. Different formats for KOS representation including MARC, Dublin Core, SKOS, and OWL are introduced as well as the application of knowledge organization to a variety of activities and contexts—education, encyclopedic knowledge, the internet, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and other institutions collecting and providing access to recorded knowledge. Key topics include:

  • ontology and epistemology in KO;
  • KO structures such as lists, hierarchies, and facets; 
  • KO types, including tagging, taxonomies, thesauri, and classifications;
  • conceptual analysis of documents; and
  • applications in the digital age.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Gnoli is an academic librarian and researcher in knowledge organization at the University of Pavia, Italy. His work focuses on Knowledge organization theory and KO systems, especially faceted classification schemes, and their application to digital information systems. He is co-author of “Interdisciplinary Knowledge Organization” with R. Szostak and M. Lopez-Huertas, co-editor of “The ISKO Encyclopedia of Knowledge Organization,” and author of numerous journal articles, conference proceedings, and four Italian-language titles. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the International Society for Knowledge Organization, and he serves on the editorial board of the Basel Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications (BARTOC).

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