Thursday, May 20, 2004

Faceted Classification

Is there a role for traditional knowledge organization systems in the digital age?. Barrington report on advanced knowledge organization and retrieval by Claudio Gnoli.
Many information seekers -- and sometimes librarians themselves -- abandoned card catalogs and rushed to embrace the reach and simplicity of full-text search when Altavista, Google, and other search engines burst onto the scene. But the value of library classification systems and indexing of content by subjects did not suddenly expire. In fact, developments in library and information science in the middle of the 20th century show promise for overcoming the exasperating limitations of full-text search. Among those innovations, a model for knowledge organization called "faceted classification" is a quite natural fit for the computerized information environment.

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