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.
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