Welcome to CFG!

The Conceptual Foundations Group (CFG) is an interest-based research group, centered around clarifying foundational concepts relating to information organization, data curation, and semantic technologies. Concepts related to the fundamental nature of information, descriptive metadata, digital objects and text markup are frequent topics. The group emphasizes the application of “formal methods” — that is, approaches that originated in logic, philosophy of language, analytic philosophy – to information science problem areas.

For example, some topics that were recently discussed during our groups meetings include:
 taxonomy alignment on classification systems
– the politics and biases in metadata
– the analysis of the relation between information and its physical substrates
– formalization of collections
– Virtual machines, workflows, provenance, archive files, widgets and information modeling
– What’s in a definition?
– Using controlled natural language for knowledge representation
Hierarchy of hypothesis
– Drug-drug interaction ontologies
– FRBR

For Spring 2020 semester, we meet every week on Thursday, from 11:00AM-12:00PM, at iSchool room 341 & online (with the exception of February 27th, we will meet in room 109 instead). Emails about our weekly talks will usually be distributed on the Monday of week of meeting via our mailing list, check your emails often for updates on meeting description, locations, zoom call links etc!

Join us if you’re interested!

To subscribe to the CFG mailing list, you can either:
(1) Visit this page https://lists.ischool.illinois.edu/lists/info/cfg , click Subscribe on the left hand side, and enter your email address; OR
(2) Send an email to lists@ischool.illinois.edu with the subject line subscribe cfg.