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Faceted classification as a basis for knowledge organization in a digital environment; the bliss bibliographic classification as a model for vocabulary management and the creation of multidimensional knowledge structures

Broughton, V; (2001) Faceted classification as a basis for knowledge organization in a digital environment; the bliss bibliographic classification as a model for vocabulary management and the creation of multidimensional knowledge structures. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia , 7 (1) pp. 67-102. 10.1080/13614560108914727.

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Abstract

The library classification scheme was the first means of subject access to information, but is largely disregarded as a tool for the management of electronic resources; modern classifications built on facet analytical principles are more appropriate to this purpose than is generally realised. Faceted classifications as exemplified by the Bliss Bibliographic Classification (BC2) are powerful tools for the management of vocabulary, characterised by a rigorous analytical approach to terms, and the clear identification of semantic and syntactic relationships and structures. The philosophy and function of BC2 are described, as is the process of building a knowledge structure on facet analytical principles. The range of related functions of such structures when employed as knowledge management tools (as classification, thesaurus, subject heading list, browsable index) is considered, as is the potential of facet analytical knowledge structures for the management of digital materials. Facet analysis is regarded as a powerful methodology for the creation of structures appropriate to specific retrieval requirements in a range of contexts, with emphasis on the problems of complex subject description and retrieval and multidimensionality. © 2001 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: Faceted classification as a basis for knowledge organization in a digital environment; the bliss bibliographic classification as a model for vocabulary management and the creation of multidimensional knowledge structures
DOI: 10.1080/13614560108914727
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12235
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