Innovations in Classification, Data Science, and Information Systems
This volume contains revised versions of selected papers presented during the 27th Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft fiir Klassifikation (GfKl), the German Classification Society. The conference was held at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus, Germany, in March 2003. Klaus- Dieter Wernecke chaired the program committee, Daniel Baier was the local organizer. Krzysztof Jajuga and Andrzej Sokolowski and their colleagues in Sekcja Klasyfikacji i Analizy Danych (SKAD), the Polish Classification Soci ety, provided strong support during all phases of the conference. The program committee was able to select 124 talks for 36 sessions. Addition ally, it was possible to recruit 19 notable and internationally renowned invited speakers for plenary and semi-plenary talks on their current research work re garding the conference topic "Innovations in Classification, Data Science, and Information Systems" or, respectively, on the GfKl members' general fields of interest "Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization". Thus, the conference, which was traditionally designed as an interdisciplinary event, again provided a large number of scientists and experts from Germany and abroad with an attractive forum for discussions and the mutual exchange of knowledge.