Why search engines cannot replace knowledge organization?
In this class, Birger Hjørland: will discuss why search engines such as Google do not make knowledge organization (KO) superfluous. Some basic principles behind Google are presented (exact match, best match, web site ranking and search is personalization). None of these principles try to do what KO does: map relations between concepts and conceptual relations as reflected in contemporary knowledge. Prof. Hjørland will further present “the semantic staircase” as a classification of knowledge organization systems (KOS) and argue about concepts as the building blocks of KOS and the Thomas Kuhn's theory as a fruitful way to consider concepts in KO.
Registration opens on 1 December 2020