Welcome to the Institute for Knowledge Organization and Structure, Inc. We are very excited about the opportunity we have been given to contribute to the science of knowledge organization.

Our mission, adopted by the Board of Directors on February 22, 2019:

  • The mission of the Institute for Knowledge Organization and Structure is to discover, document, disseminate and generate implementations of the orders and structures of knowledge.


Here are some details about our institute’s objectives:

  • Bibliographic research – Bibliographic research promotes theory development and publication of scientific discoveries. The specific work involves searching academic databases to discover and verify extant publications of relevance to the scientific work of the institute.
  • Domain Analysis Clinics – Clinics develop research to contribute to theory and the growth of science. Domain analysis is the extraction of ontology (knowledge base) in the form of vocabulary (taxonomy) from specific scientific domains (e.g., marine biology, bio-ethics, Renaissance musicology, etc.), specific work domains (e.g., mobile app developers, social workers, home nurses, etc.), and specific academic domains (e.g., doctoral students in information science, medical students pre-residency, etc.). Clinics are two-day events during which researchers present preliminary findings and receive feedback from peers. Each clinic has as its focus one theoretically significant domain to build a body of replicable theoretical knowledge.
  • Cultural Heritage consultation. IKOS will assist with the creation and management of cultural heritage metadata and classification as part of our contribution to the advancement of knowledge organization.
  • Publishing—Knowledge Organization; the journal  Knowledge Organization (the journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization, published by Nomos/Ergon Verlag, Baden Baden, Germany) is edited by staff of the institute.
  • Publishing–IKOS research produced under aegis of the institute will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals; an annual review of research from the institute will be published online by the institute.

In addition to our staff and Board of Directors, we invite members and fellows.

Members support the work of the institute with their donations and receive an annual newsletter and discounted registration at IKOS events. IKOS is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable foundation under the United States tax code. To become a member please visit our Join page.

Fellows participate in domain analysis clinics and publish results with IKOS as among their affiliations. Scholars interested in participating as fellows should contact the Executive Director.


  • Executive Director, Richard P. Smiraglia
  • Bibliographic Consultant, J. Brad Young
  • IT Consultant, Kalix Zee