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Knowledge Organization and Classification in International Information Retrieval

By Nancy Williamson, Clare Beghtol Copyright 2003
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Learn step-by-step how to develop knowledge-based products for international use!

    Knowledge Organization and Classification in International Information Retrieval examines current efforts to deal with the increasing globalization of information and knowledge. International authors walk you through the theoretical foundations and conceptual elements behind knowledge management, addressing areas such as the Internet, multinational resources, translations, and information languages. The tools, techniques, and case studies provided in this book will be invaluable to anyone interested in bridging the international information retrieval language gap.

    This book is divided into four sections that address major themes for internationalized information and knowledge:

    • “General Bibliographic Systems” discusses how bibliographic classification systems can be adapted for specific subjects, the problems with addressing different language expressions, and the future of these systems
    • “Information Organization in Knowledge Resources” explores knowledge organization and classification, focusing mainly on libraries and on the Internet
    • “Linguistics, Terminology, and Natural Language Processing” analyzes the latest developments in language processing and the design of information retrieval tools and resources
    • “Knowledge in the World and the World of Knowledge” addresses the ontological foundations of knowledge organization and classification and knowledge management in organizations from different cultures
    With this book, you’ll gain a better understanding about the international efforts to globalize:
    • the Dewey Decimal Classification
    • the Library of Congress Classification
    • the Universal Decimal Classification
    • multilingual thesauri
    • Web directories of education-related resources
    • human language technology
    • metadata schemas
    • the North American Industry Classification
    Figures, tables, charts, and diagrams elucidate the concepts in Knowledge Organization and Classification in International Information Retrieval. Information educators and practitioners as well as specialists in classification and knowledge organization will find this book valuable for its focus on the problems of—and solutions for—information retrieval for specific linguistic, cultural, and domain communities of discourse.

    • Introduction
    • The Future of General Classification
    • Adapting Dominant Classifications to Particular Contexts
    • Stretching Conceptual Structures in Classifications Across Languages and Cultures
    • The Impact of Specificity on the Retrieval Power of a UDC-Based Multilingual Thesaurus
    • Knowledge Organization from Libraries to the Web: Strong Demands on the Weakest Side of International Librarianship
    • Expanding Audiences for Education-Related Information and Resources: Classificatory Structures on the World Wide Web
    • Text Mining and Data Mining in Knowledge Organization and Discovery: The Making of Knowledge-Based Products
    • Information Organization to Assist Knowledge Discovery: Case Studies with Non-Bibliographic Databases
    • Human Language Technology and Its Role in Information Access and Management
    • Lexical Knowledge Patterns, Semantic Relations, and Language Varieties: Exploring the Possibilities for Refining Information Retrieval in an International Context
    • Designing a Common Namespace for Searching Metadata-Enabled Knowledge Repositories: An International Perspective
    • The IFF Foundation for Ontological Knowledge Organization
    • Perspectives on Managing Knowledge in Organizations
    • Global Abstractions: The Classification of International Economic Data for Bibliographic and Statistical Purposes
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Nancy Williamson, Clare Beghtol