Richard P. Smiraglia is Professor of Knowledge Organization at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, Brookville NY. He has spent two decades investigating the meaning of "a work" in bibliographical contexts, and has discovered the attendant phenomenon of instantiation, which holds among all information objects. His monograph, The Nature of 'A Work' (Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001), was the first monograph-length treatment of the topic of works and their role in knowledge organization, and was followed soon by the 2002 anthology Works as Entities for Information Retrieval (Haworth Press), in which an international panel of authors focus on domain-specific research about works and the problems inherent in their representation for information storage and retrieval. His most recent journal publication is "A meta-analysis of instantiation as a phenomenon of information objects" in Culture del testo e del documento anno 9 n.25 (April 2008).
He is preparing a textbook on the domain of knowledge organization in which he seeks to survey domain-distinct approaches to basic concepts such as taxonomy, typology, and ontology. He is also working with phenomenology (specifically with the concept of noesis) to explain variation in social tagging, and with cultural heritage ontology for data-mining.
He is editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Knowledge Organization, published by Ergon-Verlag of Würzburg.
Richard P. Smiraglia, Professor
Editor-in-Chief, Knowledge Organization
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