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Title:Otlet, Theology, and Faceted Classification: A French Correction
Author(s):Milas, T. Patrick
Subject(s):Faith-based information behavior
universal access
sociocultural and virtual communities
Abstract:Paul Otlet and Henri LaFontaine were French-speaking Belgian pioneers of Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), an early exemplar of faceted classification schemas. They redesigned Dewey Decimal Classification to correct for its English language and American cultural biases. Their successors – UDC Consortium – recently revised the UDC to facilitate access to theological information. At the 2009 iConference, Patrick Milas: (1) outlines how faceted classification connects to theological information retrieval; (2) suggests why UDC is a promising classification schema for the increasingly diverse knowledge accessible through Web 2.0; (3) juxtaposes previous research in theological libraries (Milas, 2007) to information organization and retrieval practices in the international context of the UDC; and, (4) presents how recent revisions to the initially French UDC relate to theological information access in English.
Issue Date:2009-02-08
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-04-03

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