ERIC Number: ED061955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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Classification in Science Information; A Comparative Study Undertaken by ASLIB for the International Council of Scientific Unions as a Contribution to the ICSU/UNESCO Study of the Feasibility of a World Science Information System (UNISIST).
Vickery, Brian C.; And Others
The main objective of this comparative survey of the use of classification in science information is to explore the possibility of adopting a standard general classification in this field. Classification is defined as the grouping, division and/or sequencing according to meaning, of subject representations such as catalogue or index terms, descriptors, etc. Classification is used in "intermediate" documents (bibliographies, abstracts, indexes, etc.) to arrange entries in a meaningful sequence and to structure the relations between subject terms. Classificatory arrangements used in a number of secondary publications are compared with general classifications and with each other. Classificatory relations used in some major thesauri are also compared with general classifications and with each other. The general classifications differ from the intermediate documents with which they were compared in two ways: they lack some of the subject terms used by the documents, and differ in some of their classifactory relations (grouping, decision and sequencing). The overall picture is that, although classification schemes do not occur in all intermediate documents, the use of classificatory relations for both arrangement and thesauric information retrieval is widespread. (Author/NH)
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Sponsor: International Council of Scientific Unions, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Association of Special Libraries and Information Bureaux, London (England).