Document (#30538)

Author
Langridge, D.W.
Title
Alternative starting points in classification
Source
Classification: options and opportunities. Ed.: A.R. Thomas
Imprint
New York : Haworth
Year
1995
Pages
S.7-16
Series
Cataloging and classification quarterly; vol.19, nos.3/4
Abstract
Contrasts American and European assumptions. Considers the relationship of a special classification to a general classification
Content
The necessity of knowledge of structure of a classification not only to compilers of systems but also to those who classify documents or search is emphasized. American and European assumptions are contrasted. The relationship of a special classification to a general classification is considered. Some differences in the construction of three general schemes are noted. The concept of a "main class" is elucidated. Alternative starting points for dividing knowledge by its forms or by phenomena are exemplified. The idea that the treatment of main classes reflects a world view is offered and supported by illustrations. Principles for determining degree of detail are presented. The case for specificity is argued. Procedures for making a science class are contrasted with those for making a humanities class.

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