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Colloquium Research Information Systems and Science Classifications: revisiting the NARCIS classification

DANS invites you for the colloquium 'Revisiting the NARCIS Classification’ on September 27 and 28 in The Hague.

This workshop is organised by DANS in collaboration with Professor Richard P. Smiraglia, currently KNAW Visiting Professor, and co-sponsored by the International Society for Knowledge Organization.

The workshop aims to shed light on the role of classifications in research information systems, taking NARCIS as primary example, and Information Science as primary angle of analysis.

The current classification applied in NARCIS to tag the expertise of Dutch scholars dates from 2015, although it has a rich history. The NARCIS classification supports a vital research portal that, in turn, supports a nationally-coordinated research effort designed to provide better inter-institutional communication of scholarly productivity, including improving the visibility of open science, open access publications and datasets.


There will be room for invited talks, short papers (interventions), and discussion rounds. Papers accepted for the workshop will be later invited to be submitted to a special issue of the journal Knowledge Organization (the journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization). Programme (asterisks indicate availability of abstracts below):

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Doors open


Welcome by Peter Doorn (DANS-KNAW)


Chair: Peter Doorn


Keynote by Richard Smiraglia (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) - 'Trajectories for Research: Fathoming the Promise of the NARCIS Classification' (.pdf)




Chair: Elly Dijk


Reinout van Brakel and Rahul Thorat (VSNU) – ‘VSNU-DANS cooperation: synchronising NARCIS-KUOZ figures’ (.pdf) *


Ariadne Legendre (Senior Data Analyst,Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) – ‘Development of a common research classification standard in Canada’ (.pdf) *




Chair: Andrea Scharnhorst


Gerald Coen (DANS), Richard Smiraglia - 'Towards better interoperability of the NARCIS Classification' (.pdf)


Rob Koopman and Shenghui Wang (OCLC EMEA) - 'Subject prediction using semantic embedding' (.pdf)


Emil Bode (DANS) - 'Using author expertise to classify publications' (.pdf)


Sadia Vancauwenbergh, Hanne Poelmans, Hanne Vlietinck (Hasselt University) – ‘The Flemish research discipline classification: from creation to implementation’ (.pdf)


Wrapping up session led by Richard Smiraglia


Closing of the day


A reception will be held at a location nearby. There will be a possibility for a social dinner at the same location (on invitation for invited speakers, and for other participants at their own expense). 

Friday, September 28, 2018


Doors Open


Chair: Elly Dijk


Aida Slavic (Editor in Chief, UDC) – ‘Classification in contextualising, mapping and switching between vocabularies’ (.pdf)


Nees Jan van Eck (CWTS) - ‘Scientometric approaches to classification’ (.pdf)


Roxanne Wyns  (Innovation Manager @ LIBIS – KU Leuven) - 'Mashing up ontologies' (.pdf) *




Breakout groups:

  1. Use of occupational research classifications for science policy
  2. Disciplinary classifications in RIS (research information systems) and FAIR data principles (Chair: Peter Doorn)
  3. Future navigation in NARCIS - dream your NARCIS! (Chair: Andrea Scharnhorst and Elly Dijk)                                                                               


Closing (Richard Smiraglia and Peter Doorn)


Reinout van Brakel (VSNU): Towards a common definition of research output in The Netherlands: dealing with different expectations and requirements from policy and practice.

Ariadne Legendre (Senior Data Analyst, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada): Recognizing the benefits that adopting a single shared research classification standard would bring to the research community and to Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Statistics Canada are collaborating on the development of a common research classification standard. The adoption, by the Canadian research funders, of a single shared research classification standard will allow researchers and research to be identified more accurately; will enable better identification of interdisciplinary research; will reduce burden and confusion, especially to the researchers applying to multiple agencies; and will improve the information and support to the research community and Canadians by providing consistent, coherent and relevant statistical information about Canada’s contribution in specific fields of and overall research and science. This new common research classification will align with international standards to collect and report on research and development and will be modeled on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification. To ensure that it reflects contemporary and Canadian research landscapes, the ANZSRC model will be revised and consultations with user groups and subject matter experts will be applied.

Roxanne Wyns (Innovation Manager @ LIBIS - KU Leuven): As a data modeler there is one certainty, your data model will evolve over time due to changing needs and progressing insights. As long as your data is contained within its own silo, this does not pose as much of a problem. However, once you want to share and link it to the wider Web, fixed and closed schema’s can be a challenge to rethink and refurbish. During this presentation, we will explore the possibility to create custom data models or schema using existing ontologies such as Schema.org, FOAF etc. for creating knowledge graphs for metadata and classification management. We will explore this use case within the Research Infrastructure for Religious Studies and reflect further on how these semantic modeling techniques can benefit generic research information management to help improve the overview of scholarly productivity.

Sadia Vancauwenbergh & Hanne Poelmans  will also bring a poster ‘The creation of a harmonised, semantically enriched Flemish research discipline list: about pitfalls and opportunities.

Register and submit your paper - deadlines

Registration is closed. Deadline September 20, 2018.

Please submit short papers by July 31, 2018, by sending an extended abstract (max 4 pages) to .

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27-09-2018 tot 28-09-2018 (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC200)
Museum Meermanno, Prinsessegracht 30, The Hague
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