The Simplest Approach to Subject Classification

SZOSTAK, Rick (2016) The Simplest Approach to Subject Classification. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session S12 - Classification and indexing. In: Subject Access: Unlimited Opportunities, 11-12 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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The Simplest Approach to Subject Classification

Museums, galleries, archives, and many libraries – as well as a host of online databases of various types – seek a simpler approach to subject classification. This paper poses the question: “What is the simplest approach to subject classification?” It suggests a synthetic approach which pursues a sentence-like approach to classification. Such an approach not coincidentally has the added advantage of best capturing the nature of a work.

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