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KO-ED Introduction to Knowledge Organization - Principles underlying Knowledge Organization Systems by Vanda Broughton

  • 5 Nov 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Zoom
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Principles underlying Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS)

In this class Prof. Vanda Broughton looked at the classification scheme as a tool for organization and retrieval, and at the browsing function offered by systematically, as opposed to alphabetically, organized KOS.  Different ways of constructing a classification were  considered, showing changes in fundamental principles over time, and the emergence of a formal theory of knowledge organization.  There was some discussion of how these changes affect subject indexing as well as classification. The class covered the following topics.

  • The systematic approach to knowledge organization; classifications as browsing tools, and as ‘domain maps’
  • Development of classification theory throughout the twentieth century
  • Changing structures in classification systems
  •  Pre-coordination and post-coordination (brief reminder)
  •  Enumerative systems, shelf-listing, marking and parking
  •  Analytico-synthetic systems, representing complex content of documents, classification for indexing as well as linear organization
  • Faceted systems, representation of a domain through its constituent concepts Influence of this changing theory on alphabetical subject indexing
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The class was delivered via Zoom and was attended by 80 participants from 22 countries. Presentation slides are available to all participants via the KO-ED forum on the ISKO UK website.




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