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.

    In fulfillment of this mission, IKOS affirms these goals:
    •To use empirical means for knowledge evolution.
    •To empower people with tools for knowledge discovery and use.
    •To contribute to science through publication of research and development of knowledge organization systems.

    To this end, IKOS employs a structure of members and fellows to sustain the creation of our research and support of our goals. IKOS Members support the discovery, documentation and general implementation of the orders of knowledge with their annual dues and voluntary donations to IKOS. Fellows are the scholars generating the research to fulfill our mission.

    (Adopted by actions of the Board of Directors, 22 February and 19 September 2019.)


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 multi-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–IKOS research produced under aegis of the institute ispublished in peer-reviewed scientific journals and international conference proceedings; IKOS publishes the IKOS Bulletin, a scientific journal, three times per year, and IKOS Technical Reports Series (a monographic series); see “Publishing” for more details.

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

Contributing Members Contributing members participate in the institute’s critical research and publication programs and are eligible to become associate fellows of the institute; membership includes subscription to the IKOS Bulletin, the IKOS Technical Reports Series and discounted registration at IKOS events. Supporting members sustain the work of the institute with their dues; membership includes subscription to the IKOS Bulletin, the IKOS Technical Reports Series and discounted registration at IKOS events. See “Join” for more details.

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.