Document (#18143)

Author
McIlwaine, I.C.
Title
¬The Universal Decimal Classification : some factors concerning its origins, development, and influence
Source
Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 48(1997) no.4, S.331-339
Year
1997
Abstract
Outlines the bibliographic enterprise envisaged by Otlet and LaFontaine, which resulted in the UDC being developed in 1895, and the subsequent history of the scheme. Relationship with DDC from which it was derived deteriorated in the early 20th century and changes in funding, location, and editorship of Duyvis from 1929-59 had a profound effect on the scheme's development and management. Lloyd, Duyvis successor, reformed the revision structure, and further management changes from 1975 to the present day, culminated in the formation of the UDC Consortium in 1992. Notes the subsequent creation of a machine-readable Master Reference File and speedier revision procedures. Examines the scheme's structure, development, and influence on classification theory, problems caused by longevity and lack of standrad procedures, and highlights proposals for their reform to improve the scheme's suitability for an automated world. Explores research projects in 1960s which foreshadowed possibilities today, such as a complementary thesaurus and individualisation of single concepts notationally. Emphasizes the value of classification in a multilingual environment and outlines the future developments
Footnote
Contribution to part 1 of a 2 part series on the history of documentation and information science
Theme
International bedeutende Universalklassifikationen
Geschichte der Klassifikationssysteme
Object
UDC

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