## Wednesday, April 27, 2005

### BSO Classification Scheme

A classification system that is new to me is the Broad System of Ordering (BSO), a general, faceted classification scheme for information exchange and switching.
BSO is a compilation of about 6800 terms, arranged in an order which is systematic or structured at the level of meaning. It is a knowledge classification which attempts to reflect a modern consensual world outlook, and because it is essentially concept-oriented rather than word-oriented, its captions are supplemented by definition notes whenever the scope and meaning of the caption is not clear from its context in the systematic schedules.
The schedules are freely available.