“Knowledge Organization and Representation” – Prof. Elena Cardillo and Prof. Antonietta Folino, 27/02.2017


The organization and representation of information resources and knowledge is a primary focus of the information profession. Organizational structures such as terminologies, classification schemes, indexes, aim at providing access not only to the document, but specifically to the knowledge or information recorded in the document. The recent explosive growth in both the number and the variety of information resources highlights the continuing need for the application of effective methods for representing and organizing knowledge.

This course aims to teach ways of formally representing knowledge using structured knowledge organization systems, ontologies, and logic. Lectures will be focused on both theory and methodology in the modelling of specialized domains, and in the use of representations for automatic classification and handling of information, and automated reasoning. During the course current research around the creation of new structured terminologies and syntaxes for subject domains, and on the facet analytical approach to retrieval will be analysed. The course introduces students to cross-disciplinary approaches to the understanding, organization, representation, and use of knowledge and information. The goal is to identify criteria for evaluation and improvement of ways to organize and represent information/knowledge for future retrieval. Information systems currently used in libraries and information centers will be studied as examples. During the course, emphasis will be placed on concepts and ideas, with appropriate attention to terminology and technology.


Course Objectives:

  • To introduce the students to a broad range of knowledgeorganization and representation models and methodologies drawn from the fields of information science, communication, and artificial intelligence.
  • To enable the studentsto understand and effectively apply principles and techniques of representation and organization of knowledge currently used to index, classify and provide access to information resources.
  • To provide the students with an understanding of the development and application of controlled vocabularies and ontologiesin specialized domains (e.g. healthcare, tourism, environment).
  • To enable the students to read and understand research literature in the area of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS)and Knowledge Representation (KR).
  • To introduce the students to the major classification systems currently in use To enable the students to complete a project in this research area.


Course schedule:

Mon 27 Feb: 10:30 – 13:30

Tue 28 Feb: 10:30 – 13:30

Wed 01 Mar: 10:30 – 13:30

Thu 02 Mar: 10:30 – 13:30

Fri 03 Mar: 10:30 – 13:30

Aula Informatica 1 del Dipartimento di Lingue e Scienze dell’Educazione, cubo 20B, II piano


Speaker CV:

Elena Cardillo:

Is researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the National Research Council in Rende (IIT- CNR) since November 2013. She holds a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies, specialization “Data and Knowledge Management”, Cycle XXIII, from the University of Trento in conjunction with the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento). She also worked for three years as researcher in the field of knowledge acquisition, representation and integration applied to the domain of healthcare at the DKM and e-Health research units at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler. Her research interests are focused on knowledge acquisition, management and representation; terminology integration, controlled vocabularies and classification systems, development of end-user terminologies, metadata models, and on Semantic Web technologies. She has been involved in national and international projects related to data and knowledge management and semantic interoperability above all in the domain of e-health and collaborates with several national and international private and public institutions.

Antonietta Folino:

is Researcher at the University of Calabria, Department of Foreign Languages and Education since December 2012. She holds a PhD in Knowledge and Innovation for Development “Andre Gunder Frank”; research field: Economics, History, Population; Disciplinary Sector M-STO/08, Cycle XXIV, from the University of Calabria. She also obtained a Master’s Degree in Digital documents and Information Flux from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in 2009 and she worked for three years at the Construction Technology Institute of the National Research Council in San Giuliano Milanese (MI). Her research interests concern information and document management, knowledge management, terminology, indexing and classification techniques, knowledge organization systems. She has participated in and currently works on European and national projects related to information and knowledge management in specialized domains.