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*Call for papers for a special Issue of/Education for Information on 
"/**Documentary Languages in the Big Open Linked Data (BOLD) Era"**_


Knowledge organization deals, among other things, with the development 
of documentary languages (knowledge organization systems such as subject 
headings, thesauri, SKOSs, classification languages, index lists, etc.) 
that make the processing and retrieval of data, information and 
knowledge easier. However, techniques of artificial intelligence allow 
big data resources to be searched for hidden patterns. The role of 
documentary languages is easily obscured in a world of big data. Is 
knowledge organization still relevant in the age of big data? (Hjørland, 
2012; Soergel, 2015; Ibekwe-SanJuan & Bowker, 2017). Yet the idea of 
Linked Open Data (LOD) depends on databases being coded in terms of RDF 
triples: Computers can only draw inferences across databases if the 
terminology employed in RDF triples is the same or at least 
interoperable. The promise of Linked Open Data may well depend on the 
ability of documentary languages to provide a common vocabulary for RDF 
triples (Szostak et al. 2018).

This special issue aspires to take stock of the present state and future 
prospects for the application of documentary languages in the world of 
Big Open Linked Data (BOLD). What role do documentary languages play 
inBOLD? How has this role changed in recent years? What opportunities 
might be pursued in future? What are the particular needs that 
documentary languages could serve at this historical moment?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  *   Can documentary languages provide a common vocabulary for LOD?
  *   Do developments in artificial intelligence reduce the need for
    documentary languages?
  *   How are documentary languages being transformed to meet the needs
    of BOLD?
  *   Is classification still relevant in the BOLD era?
  *   Will documentary languages still be relevant in a dozen years?
  *   Is there scope for reuniting the fields of knowledge organization
    and information retrieval at this historical moment?
  *   How does BOLD differ in its implications for documentary languages
    from earlier episodes of digitization and machine searching?
  *   What are the ethical challenges for knowledge organization in the
    BOLD era
  *   What are the epistemological and theoretical underpinnings of
    evolving documentary languages intended to achieve interoperability?
  * Is there scope for a more horizontal bottom-up approach to designing
    documentary languages that is better suited to the BOLD era?

This list is far from prescriptive. We wish to open up the issue to 
reflections, theories, empirical studies, programmatic articles, and 
literature reviews on the topic.

The special issue is co-edited by Rick Szostak (University of Alberta, 
Canada) and Daniel Martínez-Ávila (São Paulo State University – UNESP, 
Marilia, Brazil).

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Submissions are due *15th of August,* 2019 and should be done via the 
journal’s online submission system: _

Please *state* in the cover letter that your submission is for the 
Special Issue on Documentary Languages in the Big Open Linked Data 
(BOLD) Era*.*

Submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed.


Hjørland, B. (2012). Is Classification Necessary after Google? Journal 
of Documentation, 68, 299-317

Ibekwe-SanJuan, F., Bowker, G.C. (2017). Implications of Big Data for 
Knowledge Organization. Knowledge Organization, 44, 187-198.

Soergel, D. (2015). Unleashing the Power of Data through Organization: 
Structure and Connections for Meaning, Learning and Discovery. Knowledge 
Organization, 42, 401-427.

Szostak, R., Scharnhorst, A., Beek, W., Smiraglia, R. (2018). Connecting 
KOSs and the LOD Cloud. In Ribeiro, Fernanda and Cerveira, Maria Elisa 
(eds.), Challenges and Opportunities for Knowledge Organization in the 
Digital Age. Proceedings of the Fifteenth International ISKO Conference, 
9-11 July 2018 Porto, Portugal.  Würzburg: Ergon.

*About the journal*

Founded in 1983, /Education for information (EFI/) is a quarterly 
refereed//academic journal//publishing research articles on issues 
related to the teaching and learning of informationscientists and 
professionals for an information society. EFI welcomes a broad 
perspective on issues related to pedagogy and learning in the 
information and communication disciplines (ICD) such as Library and 
Information Science, Communication and Media studies, Journalism, 
Archival studies, Museum studies, Psychology, Cognitive science and 
Digital Humanities.

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Fidelia Ibekwe (Ph.D.)
Full Professor - School of Journalism & Communication (EJCAM)
Aix-Marseille University - France.
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