Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer: Content and Context in the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System

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Can the Dewey Decimal System meet the needs of the rapidly changing information environment?

Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer explores the Dewey Decimal System from a variety of perspectives, each of which peels away a bit of the presentation layer the familiar linear notational sequence-to reveal the content and context offered by the DDS. Library professionals from around the word examine how the content and context offered by the DDS can evolve to meet the needs of the changing information environment, with a special focus on the impact of the Internet on current and future developments.

Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer examines whether the Dewey Decimal System is a rigid structure best suited to a physical information environment or a polymorphic one that can be adapted to meet a variety of physical and virtual needs. This unique book reviews the 40-year history of the online use of classification systems, the development of the Relative Index over 22 editions of the DDC, recommendations to ensure the viability of the DDC in a time of mass digitization, using DDS in an environment where it hasn’t been used before, teaching the DDS, special issues related to the use of the DDS in Europe, North America, and Africa, and the future of online classification.

Topics examined in Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer include:

  • using the DDC as the browsing mechanism for resource discovery
  • classification as an online cataloging tool
  • classification as an online end-user tool
  • browser behavior in a DDC-based Web service
  • the role of the DDS in the ongoing HILT (High-Level Thesaurus) project
  • using the DDS to organize Web resources
  • localization and interoperability in knowledge organization
  • mapping terminologies to classification systems
  • the DeweyBrowser
  • and much more
Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer is an essential professional resource for librarians, information scientists, computer scientists, and metadata and Web services specialists.

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An intricately wrought patchwork quilt about bibliographic classification especially as it relates to the new uses of the DDC in digital information contexts. -- Anita S. Coleman, PhD, MLS, MSEd, BA, Assistant Professor SIRLS, University of Arizona

MARKEY'S ADMONISHMENT ALONE IS WORTH PROCURING THIS COLLECTION. The depth's of Miksa's study of the Relative Index is a testament to the enticing nature of a classification system. For those who struggle to teach the system, Taylor's investigation into instructional ancedotes is comforting reality. -- Shawne D. Miksa, PhD, Assistant Professor, School ofLibrary and Information Sciences, University of North Texas

TIMELY. . . . The perspectives that international practitioners bring to this volume are valuable, partly because of the light that they cast on the cultural assumptions behind our classification practices in areas such as religion, history and music, but also because they allow us to view the whole enterprise of classification through fresh eyes. -- Chew Chiat Naun, MA, BA, Senior Coordinating Cataloguer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This book is A TIMELY AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE LITERATURE ON INFORMATION RETRIEVAL and demonstrates clearly that classification schemes that have been in existence for a great many years still have much to offer in the world of the Internet. The use of a logical and well-known tool which enables the user to approach information in an organized way is essential in today's world. -- Ia Cecilia McIlwaine, BA, PhD, FSA, FCLIP, Emeritus Professor of Library & Information Studies in the University of London and former Director of the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London. Editor in chief, Universal

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