Call for Papers

Classification and Indexing Section

Has as subject: bridging domains, communities and systems


The IFLA Classification and Indexing Section is pleased to announce a call for papers for its session at the IFLA 2011 conference to be held in Puerto Rico. The year 2010 has seen many innovations of interest to the Section and of relevance to the theme of the conference, including the publication of Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD) [1], further development of the FRBR Review Group's Namespaces project to cover the FR family of models [2], and the activities of the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group [3]. The linked data approach of the Semantic Web seems to hold much promise for improving integration of subject heading and classification schemes in a multilingual networked environment, and extending access to subject-based information supplied by many diverse sources to all kinds of user. Can these technologies really connect the multitude of subject indexing ecosystems evolved by the archive, library, museum, and publishing communities across the world? How can the simple property "has as subject" model this complexity and provide effective linked data?

The Section invites papers which address these questions. The Section is particularly interested in papers which describe practical, real-life development or implementations of linked data technologies in subject-based information retrieval, set in a broader context useful for others. The Section is also interested in theoretical papers which are relevant to practical implementors. Topics covered might include conversion of legacy metadata to linked subject data, mapping multiple subject vocabularies in the linked data environment, use of linked subject data in information services, and others.

Librarians, academics and other information professionals around the world are invited to submit paper proposals for the conference, focusing on:

  • Subject indexing and the Semantic Web
  • Linked subject data
  • Subject retrieval in multilingual, multicultural environments


If you are interested in contributing, please send:

  • An extended abstract of 500-1000 words, including a title, in English.* The abstract should include links to work-in-progress and citations to related work, and other information relevant to the submission.
  • An outline of the presentation.
  • Brief biographical information of the author(s)/presenter(s) with current employment information.
  • Your mailing address.

All this by 11 February 2011 to:

Maja žumer

The submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee of the Classification and Indexing Section Standing Committee. The selection will be based on the abstracts and rated on how well they fit the programme theme. Authors will be contacted by 1 April 2011.

For successful applicants the deadline for submission of full papers is 3 June 2011 to allow time for review of papers and all other organization needs. The papers must be original submissions, not published elsewhere, and should be no longer than 15 pages, double-spaced.

Presentations at the conference will be limited to approx. 20 minutes and will be a summary of the original paper and may use PowerPoint. The original paper will be published online as part of the conference proceedings.

* Full papers and presentations should be in one of the official IFLA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish).

More Information

You can find more information on the IFLA Classification and Indexing Section

For additional information on this call for papers you may contact Maja žumer ( or Jo-Anne Bélair (

  1. Functional requirements for subject authority data (FRSAD) final report, 2010
  2. IFLA. FRBR Review Group: Report of activities 2009-2010
  3. W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group


All proposals must be in before 11 February 2011.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Puerto Rico National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Please check our Conference Participation Grants webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Last update: 24 January 2011