ERIC Number: ED077528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Impact of Growth in the Universe of Subjects on Classification.
Ranganathan, Shiyali Ramamritam
The development of the removal of rigidity in library classification is traced from the Enumerative Classification of DC (1876) through the Nearly-Faceted Classification of UDC (1896), the rigidly, though fully faceted version of CC (1933), the generalized faceted structure of version 2 of CC (1949), down to the Freely Faceted Classification of version 3 of CC (1970). The separation of the three planes of work classification -- idea, notational, and verbal -- and its conscious application is indicated. Mention is made of the advantage of recognising modes of formation of new subjects and isolates. The concept of compound isolate created by the Law of Parsimony is described. The atomisation of subjects in the Universe of Subjects make it obligatory for library classification to be based on a sound dynamic theory of classification in each of the three planes. For documentation search, the replacement of the general purpose computer by a special purpose electronic doc-finder is commended. To make the investment on electronic machinery pay back more than itself and to secure noise-free, leakage-free result of search, a continuous improvement in the theory and in the design of a scheme for classification is an absolute necessity. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Classification, Documentation, Information Processing, Information Science, Information Theory
Danish Centre for Documentation, Anker Engelunds Veg 1, DK 2800 Lungby (28 Danish kroner)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Danish Centre for Documentation, Copenhagen.
Authoring Institution: International Federation for Documentation, The Hague (Netherlands). Committee on Classification Research.
Note: (9 References); Ranganathan Memorial Issue