Knowledge Organization

Knowledge Organization is a research field about describing, representing, and organizing documents, bibliographical records, concepts, and subjects, whether these processes are done by human beings or computers. It has two main aspects: Knowledge organization systems (e.g., classification systems, thesauri and ontologies) and knowledge organization processes (e.g., description, naming, categorizing and indexing). Both aspects are represented in many different contexts, including archives, libraries, museums, databases, web-archives and search engines. In its full breadth, this field comprises the analysis, organization and communication of all kinds of domains of information and knowledge. Both aspects are also dependent on broader perspectives of knowledge organization (e.g., sociological and epistemological perspectives).

The research group works with knowledge organization in both a general theoretical level and within specific subfields like picture indexing and web indexing. Several members of the group work with contributions to the ISKO Encyclopedia of Knowledge Organization. We also work to be partners in the research project for developing an ontology for the writings of the logician and philosopher A.N. Prior (1914–1969).  In this connection we are interested developing the relevant theoretical aspects of knowledge organization, for example, problems related to the representation of different perspectives and interpretations of Prior’s work.


Christensen, Hans DamProfessor +45 353-21325E-mail
Engerer, Volkmar PaulAssociate professor +45 353-21341E-mail
Hasle, Per Frederik VilhelmProfessor +45 53 53 66 88E-mail
Hjørland, BirgerProfessor +45 353-21342E-mail
Konzack, LarsAssociate professor +45 353-21306E-mail
Thellefsen, Martin MuderspachAssociate professor +45 353-21355E-mail