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British Classification Society

The British Classification Society is advancing Data Science for over 50 years, in all domains of scholarship and learning, with wide-ranging impact. The British Classification Society exists to encourage the co-operation and exchange of views and information among those interested in principles and practice of classification in any discipline where they are used. Its membership includes anthropologists, archaeologists, astronomers, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, forensic scientists, geologists, information specialists, librarians, psychologists, soil scientists and statisticians. The Society organises meetings, some by itself, but often jointly with societies representing application areas for classification.


  1. IFCS 2017, Conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies, Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan. August 8-10, 2017. See this link for the Call for Papers. The British Classification Society will organise a session at IFCS 2017.
  2. Cluster Benchmark Data Repository: A New Call, Clustering Data Submission Challenge Call: Contributing Data Sets to Cluster Benchmark Data Repository. Link to the recently launched Cluster Benchmark Data Repository. In this challenge, the deadline for dataset submissions is January 15, 2017. Taskforce members include Nema Dean and Christian Hennig. Chair, Iven Van Mechelen.
  3. ECDA 2017: Following the hosting by the British, German and Polish Classification Societies of ECDA 2015, see below, the British Classification Society is jointly hosting ECDA 2017, Fourth European Conference on Data Analysis, 27-29 September 2017, Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland.
    Call for Papers. (IMPORTANT DATES: Registration and submission of abstracts starts: March 1, 2017. Abstract submission deadline: June 10, 2017. Notification of abstract acceptance: July 10, 2017. Early registration deadline: July 31, 2017. Registration deadline: September 10, 2017. Full paper submission: November 20, 2017.)

Recent Past News

  1. Session: Benchmarking in Clustering (Thursday 8 September, 14:00-15:20), Royal Statistical Society Conference, Manchester, 5-8 September 2016.
  2. Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School, 5-16 September 2016. Institute for Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex. Announcement from: Professor Berthold Lausen (Committee Member, BCS; and President, GfKl Data Science Society), blausen at essex.ac.uk
  3. Medal awarded to Fionn Murtagh, Outstanding Contributions to Astrostatistics Award, 2016 IAA Awards, International Astrostatistics Association. Commendation: For his long time contributions to astroinformatics and related areas in the computational sciences; advancing scientific knowledge in classification theory and image analysis; for his contributions to the success of the Hubble Space Telescope; for his role on the organizing committee of the IAU Commission B3 on Astroinformatics & Astrostatistics; and for his long time efforts in dealing with the statistical analysis of "Big Data".

Online Library, Bibliographies, Membership Information

Previous Events and Initiatives

The British, German and Polish Classification Societies hosted the European Conference
on Data Analysis, ECDA 2015
, which took place from September 2nd to September 4th 2015 at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK. Conference webpage www.ecda2015eu.
50th Anniversary (British) Classification Society - Celebration. 9 July 2014, 14:00-18:30, University of Essex, Colchester. AGM of the British Classification Society, 13:45
Hosted by Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex in cooperation with the summer school week (Monday 7 July to Friday 11 July 2014) of the Faculty of Science and Health, University of Essex, the Gesellschaft für Klassifikation (www.gfkl.org) and ECDA2014 (Wed 2 to Fri 4 July 2014 in Bremen www.ecda2014.eu).
Definitive programme (posted 19 June 2014).
Organisation: Professor Berthold Lausen (Professor of Statistics, University of Essex, President, GfKl Data Science Society, Committee member, BCS), blausen at essex.ac.uk
British Classification Society meeting, including AGM, co-organized with the Arbeitsgruppe Datenanalyse und numerische Klassifikation (AG DANK) of the Gesellschaft für Klassifikation, University College London, 8-9 November 2013. Web site contains presentation slides. Organisation: Dr Christian Hennig, Department of Statistics, UCL.
British Classification Society meeting, including AGM, 18 May 2012. Organisation: Prof. Berthold Lausen, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex.
ICC 2011, International Classification Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 11-15 July 2011. ICC 2011 Programme and Abstracts booklet, Incorporating the Symposium on Bourdieu and Geometric Analysis of Data, 81 pages.
A book and 2 journal Special Issues, from ICC 2011, are as follows.
Special issue, "Conformal predictors", guest editor A. Gammerman, Progress in Artificial Intelligence, Volume 1, Issue 3, September 2012.
Special issue, guest editor F. Murtagh, Journal of Classification, Volume 31, Issue 1, April 2014.
M. Grenfell and F. Lebaron, Eds., "Bourdieu and Data Analysis", Peter Lang, 2014.
UK universities - how do they stand in regard to being loan-geared (hence potentially indebted), entrepreneurial innovation, and research funding from Research Councils? See here for analysis.
Kolmogorov Lecture, Professor Robert Merton (Harvard Business School), winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics. 23 February 2010, Royal Holloway University of London About the Kolmogorov Lecture and Medal.
British Classification Society Meeting and AGM, Royal Holloway, University of London, 20 November 2009. Further information.
Response to HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) on proposals for a new framework to assess and fund research in higher education institutions - the Research Excellence Framework. We focus on the data, analysis, and semantic web issues. Access response to consultation.
British Classification Society Meeting, "Analysis Methodologies for Post-RAE Scientometrics, and AGM", Royal Holloway, University of London, 6 July 2007. Further information.
British Classification Society Meeting, "Analysis and Classification of Large Complex Datasets", Brunel University, 2 February 2007. Further information.

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