Beyond retrieval: A proposal to expand the design space of classification

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105447
Title:
Beyond retrieval: A proposal to expand the design space of classification
Author:
Feinberg, Melanie
Editors:
Tennis, Joseph T.
Citation:
Beyond retrieval: A proposal to expand the design space of classification 2007, 1:31-43
Publisher:
dLIST
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105447
Submitted date:
2007-06-05
Abstract:
In information science, the creation of classification schemes has been more commonly described in the mode of scientific discovery, as opposed to artifact design. From the literary warrant of Hulme to the terminological warrant of the Classification Research Group (CRG), to Hjorlandâ s domain analysis, the classificationist seems like one who documents and compiles, and not one who actively shapes design. Outside of information science, however, classification is used as an active argument to structure interpretations (in linguistics and philosophy) and as a means of coordinating and imposing order on work practices (in studies of information systems). In this paper, I suggest that classification researchers should investigate a wider variety of design possibilities, in which the purpose of a classification is not assumed to be a retrieval tool in the traditional manner. A consequence of an expanded design space is that standard classification manuals and guides become insufficient support for the design process; a new research area might be the facilitation of problem-setting aspects of classification design. One avenue of possible research involves the description of a design language, following the description of such by Lowgren and Stolterman (2004) and Donald Schon (1983). A design language, which might be operationalized as a set of product qualities, might provide a framework by which designers can better understand, evaluate, and create classifications.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Classification; Evaluation
Local subject classification:
design language; design process; work spaces for design

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dc.contributor.authorFeinberg, Melanieen_US
dc.contributor.editorTennis, Joseph T.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-06-05T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:25:40Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-06-05en_US
dc.identifier.citationBeyond retrieval: A proposal to expand the design space of classification 2007, 1:31-43en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105447-
dc.description.abstractIn information science, the creation of classification schemes has been more commonly described in the mode of scientific discovery, as opposed to artifact design. From the literary warrant of Hulme to the terminological warrant of the Classification Research Group (CRG), to Hjorlandâ s domain analysis, the classificationist seems like one who documents and compiles, and not one who actively shapes design. Outside of information science, however, classification is used as an active argument to structure interpretations (in linguistics and philosophy) and as a means of coordinating and imposing order on work practices (in studies of information systems). In this paper, I suggest that classification researchers should investigate a wider variety of design possibilities, in which the purpose of a classification is not assumed to be a retrieval tool in the traditional manner. A consequence of an expanded design space is that standard classification manuals and guides become insufficient support for the design process; a new research area might be the facilitation of problem-setting aspects of classification design. One avenue of possible research involves the description of a design language, following the description of such by Lowgren and Stolterman (2004) and Donald Schon (1983). A design language, which might be operationalized as a set of product qualities, might provide a framework by which designers can better understand, evaluate, and create classifications.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherdLISTen_US
dc.subjectClassificationen_US
dc.subjectEvaluationen_US
dc.subject.otherdesign languageen_US
dc.subject.otherdesign processen_US
dc.subject.otherwork spaces for designen_US
dc.titleBeyond retrieval: A proposal to expand the design space of classificationen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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