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Essential classification

Author: Vanda Broughton
Publisher: London : Facet Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Classification is an essential skill for all information workers but a difficult concept to grasp - and it's even more difficult to put that theory into practice. This practical guide shows the reader how to go about classifying a document from scratch. Essential Classification guides the novice cataloguer through the practice of subject cataloguing, with an emphasis on practical document analysis and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vanda Broughton
ISBN: 9781783300310 1783300310
OCLC Number: 920570906
Description: x, 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
2. The need for classification --
3. First principles of classification --
Grouping --
ordering --
compound subjects --
problems of linear order --
citation order --
distributed relatives --
4. The variety of classification: systems and structures --
Scientific classifications --
taxonomies --
tree structures --
folk classifications --
bibliographic classifications --
aspect classifications --
5. The classification scheme: internal structure --
Grouping of concepts --
hierarchy --
semantic relationships --
syntactic relationships --
pre-coordination --
6. Types of classification scheme --
Enumerative classifications --
`top-down' classifications --
analytico-synthetic classifications --
faceted classifications --
`bottom up' classifications --
7. Order in the classification scheme --
Main classes --
phenomena classes --
main class order --
schedule order and filing order --
general-before-special. Note continued: literary warrant and educational consensus --
notation --
notational symbols --
expressiveness --
mnemonics --
flexibility and hospitality --
8. Content Analysis I : Document Description --
The problem of `aboutness' --
where to look for content --
constructing the document description --
sought terms --
common categories of terms (place, time, form, persons) --
ordering the description --
9. Content analysis 2: practical constraints --
Broad and close classification --
specificity and exhaustivity --
difficult subjects --
biography --
primary texts --
10. Controlled indexing languages --
Natural language indexing and searching --
the meaning of words --
synonyms and homonyms --
sought terms --
controlled indexing languages --
standards for document description --
11. Word-based approaches to retrieval --
Subject heading lists --
thesauri --
alphabetical arrangement --
synonymy and related matters --
form and structure of subject headings. Note continued: modern developments in subject indexing --
12. Library of Congress Subject Headings I : Basic Headings --
History of LCSH --
literary warrant --
Cutter's Rules and the form of entry --
uniform headings --
valid headings --
thesaural cross references --
selecting headings --
multiple-headings --
entering headings onto a record --
13. Library of Congress Subject Headings 2: structured headings --
Topical subdivisions --
pattern headings --
geographical subdivisions --
free-floating subdivisions --
name headings --
14. Classification scheme application --
Appearance of classification schemes --
the index --
the schedules --
classes --
captions and headings --
schedule layout --
scope notes --
instructions --
15. Library of Congress Classification I: basic classmark construction --
History of LCC --
general principles --
literary warrant --
enumerative classification --
alphabetization --
notation --
practical classification --
Cutter numbers. Note continued: 16. Library of Congress Classification 2: use of tables --
Tables --
content of tables --
how tables work --
geographical subdivision --
form subdivision --
subject subdivision --
tables for classes using Cutter numbers --
tables embedded in the schedules --
tables used in combination --
17. Dewey Decimal Classification I: general properties and basic numbers --
History DDC --
structure of DDC --
hierarchy --
notation --
compound subjects and number building --
citation order --
preference order --
practical classification --
using the relative index --
first-of-two rule and the rule of three --
approximating the whole --
18. Dewey Decimal Classification 2: number building --
Use of tables --
standard subdivisions --
place and time --
persons --
adding notations from the main schedules --
19. Universal Decimal Classification I: general properties and basic number building --
History of UDC --
structure of UDC --
an analytico-synthetic classification. Note continued: notation --
symbols --
expressiveness --
schedule display --
main tables --
number-building --
the colon --
the plus sign --
the oblique stroke --
20. Universal Decimal Classification 2: auxiliary tables --
Systematic auxiliary tables --
language, form, place, ethnicity, time, materials, persons --
special auxiliaries --
language and literature --
21. Faceted classification --
History of facet analysis --
building blocks of classification --
fundamental categories --
arrays --
relationships between terms --
citation order --
schedule order --
inversion --
notation --
facet indicators --
retroactive notation --
22. Managing classification --
Management and maintenance of schemes --
revision --
costs of classification --
copy cataloguing and outsourcing --
print and electronic format --
choosing a classification --
general versus special schemes --
23. Classification in digital space --
Classification as models --
electronic forms of classifications. Note continued: classifying digital material --
information architecture --
classification for online browse and search --
folksonomy --
automatic classification --
visualization tools --
faceted classification --
the semantic web.
Responsibility: Vanda Broughton.

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