Museums, galleries, archives, and many libraries – as well as a host of online databases of various types – seek a simpler approach to subject classification. This paper poses the question: “What is the simplest approach to subject classification?” It suggests a synthetic approach which pursues a sentence-like approach to classification. Such an approach not coincidentally has the added advantage of best capturing the nature of a work.
In the present work we discuss opportunities, problems, tools and techniques encountered when interconnecting discipline-specific subject classifications, primarily organized as search devices in bibliographic databases, with general classifications originally devised for book shelving in public libraries.We first state the fundamental distinction between topical (or subject) classifications and object classifications. Then we trace the structural limitations … Read moreSubject Classifications in the Scientific and Overall Digital World