ISKO Italy Open conference systems, Paradigms and conceptual systems in KO

Epistemological dynamics in scientific domains and their influence in knowledge organization

María J. Lopez-Huertas, María José López-Pérez,

Building: Main building
Room: Hall VI
Date: 2010-02-25 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Last modified: 2009-12-31


Scientific specialties are influenced by socio-cultural contexts. This influence is not homogeneous but, on the contrary, it varies dependying on the specialty. The context can affect the theoretical and epistemological development of a scientific domain and, as a result, it may condition not only a robust, consistent theoretical framework but also good practice. Knowledge organization (KO) should be concerned with this situation and should consider these parameters for knowledge organization systems (KOS) design in order to create structures closer to reality. By doing this, there are possibilities to detect and avoid representing possible epistemological and theoretical biases in KOSs. As an example of what has been said, this paper take two domains: psychiatry and information science with emphasis in KO.