Phenomenon-based vs. disciplinary classification: possibilities for evaluating and for mapping

Gnoli, Claudio; Ledl, Andreas; Park, Ziyoung; Trzmielewski, Marcin (2018). Phenomenon-based vs. disciplinary classification: possibilities for evaluating and for mapping. In: Ribeiro, Fernanda; Cerveira, Maria Elisa (eds.) Challenges and Opportunities for Knowledge Organization in the Digital Age. Advances in Knowledge Organization: Vol. 16 (pp. 653-661). Baden-Baden: Ergon 10.5771/9783956504211-653

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The possibility of interdisciplinary research through online library catalogues is today a major challenge knowledge organization. By examining the different approaches used to index documents in integrated library systems, interdisciplinary researchers may find that classifications based on academic disciplines are less appropriate for this type of research when compared with phenomenon-based systems. Based on this consideration, the aim of the present paper was to compare two systems having different conceptual structures: the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), which is based on an epistemological approach, and the Integrative Levels Classification (ILC), based on an ontological one. We also explored how ILC phenomenon classes can be mapped to corresponding DDC disciplines and how DDC can be used in phenomenon-like ways. This work highlights the importance of future studies in phenomenon-based classification for the development of new indexing schemes and for more powerful applications of already existing disciplinary systems and opens a new way for improvement of interdisciplinary research.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


13 Central Units > Administrative Director's Office > University Library of Bern > Libraries > Human and Social Sciences Section > vonRoll Library

UniBE Contributor:

Ledl, Andreas


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 020 Library & information sciences




Advances in Knowledge Organization






Andreas Ledl

Date Deposited:

30 Jun 2020 08:49

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:38

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Information Organization, Information access, Societal challenges, Interoperability, Didgital age, Information Representation




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