Knowledge organization system

Knowledge Organization Systems ( KOS ) is a generic term used in knowledge organization about authority files , classification schemes , thesauri , topic maps , ontologies etc.

See also

  • Library and information science
  • Library Classification
  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Ontology (information science)
  • Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS)


Hodge, G. (2000). Systems of Knowledge Organization for Digital libraries. Beyond traditional authority files. Washington, DC: The Council on Library and Information Resources.

Garshol, LM (2004) Metadata? Thesauri? Taxonomies? Topic maps! Making sense of it all. Journal of Information Science, 30 (4). 378-391. Online tilgængelig:

Tudhope, D. & Lykke Nielsen, M. (2006). Introduction to Special Issue: Knowledge Organization Systems and Services. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 12 (1), 3-9.

Zeng, ML & Chan, LM (2004). Trends and issues in establishing interoperability among knowledge organization systems. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 55 (5), 377-395.

Networked Knowledge Organization Systems / NKOS Services:

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