Importance of literary artifact custodianship

"Though firmly rooted in Renaissance culture, Knight's carefully calibrated arguments also push forward to the digital present—engaging with the modern library archives where these works were rebound and remade, and showing how the custodianship of literary artifacts shapes our canons, chronologies, and contemporary interpretative practices." - University of Pennsylvania Press

Charting large-scale category evolution

Joseph T. Tennis and Jevin West are studying the changes of the wikipedia category system.  

Exploring the limits and benefits of knowledge organization

What is the future of our information organization tools?  What aspects of historical or current practice is applicable to new and emerging technologies?  Researchers in knowledge organization are interested in exploring the limits and benefits of transcribing current work into a new technologies and new contexts.

What We Do

Knowledge organization is the field of scholarship concerned with the design, study, and critique of the processes of organizing and representing documents that societies see as worthy of preserving. This field, as stated, has three parts: design, study, and critique. Each of these parts has its own set of epistemologies, theories, and methodologies – all manifest in the scholarship carried out by KO researchers.

Knowledge organization is concerned with metadata, catalogues, indexing, native ways of knowing, cluster analysis, category formation, and representation.