Everything Old is New Again: Perspectivism and Polyhierarchy in Julius O. Kaiser's Theory of Systematic Indexing

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105780
Title:
Everything Old is New Again: Perspectivism and Polyhierarchy in Julius O. Kaiser's Theory of Systematic Indexing
Author:
Dousa, Thomas
Editors:
Lussky, Joan
Citation:
Everything Old is New Again: Perspectivism and Polyhierarchy in Julius O. Kaiser's Theory of Systematic Indexing 2007,
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105780
Submitted date:
2007-10-25
Abstract:
In the early years of the 20th century, Julius Otto Kaiser (1868â 1927), a special librarian and indexer of technical literature, developed a method of knowledge organization (KO) known as systematic indexing. Certain elements of the method - its stipulation that all indexing terms be divided into fundamental categories "concretes", "countries", and "processes", which are then to be synthesized into indexing "statements" formulated according to strict rules of citation order - have long been recognized as precursors to key principles of the theory of faceted classification. However, other, less well-known elements of the method may prove no less interesting to practitioners of KO. In particular, two aspects of systematic indexing seem to prefigure current trends in KO: (1) a perspectivist outlook that rejects universal classifications in favor of information organization systems customized to reflect local needs and (2) the incorporation of index terms extracted from source documents into a polyhierarchical taxonomical structure. Kaiserâ s perspectivism anticipates postmodern theories of KO, while his principled use of polyhierarchy to organize terms derived from the language of source documents provides a potentially fruitful model that can inform current discussions about harvesting natural-language terms, such as tags, and incorporating them into a flexibly structured controlled vocabulary.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Indexing
Local subject classification:
Systematic indexing; Knowledge organization; Polyhierarchy; Perspectivism

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dc.contributor.authorDousa, Thomasen_US
dc.contributor.editorLussky, Joanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-25T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:34:15Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-10-25en_US
dc.identifier.citationEverything Old is New Again: Perspectivism and Polyhierarchy in Julius O. Kaiser's Theory of Systematic Indexing 2007,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105780-
dc.description.abstractIn the early years of the 20th century, Julius Otto Kaiser (1868â 1927), a special librarian and indexer of technical literature, developed a method of knowledge organization (KO) known as systematic indexing. Certain elements of the method - its stipulation that all indexing terms be divided into fundamental categories "concretes", "countries", and "processes", which are then to be synthesized into indexing "statements" formulated according to strict rules of citation order - have long been recognized as precursors to key principles of the theory of faceted classification. However, other, less well-known elements of the method may prove no less interesting to practitioners of KO. In particular, two aspects of systematic indexing seem to prefigure current trends in KO: (1) a perspectivist outlook that rejects universal classifications in favor of information organization systems customized to reflect local needs and (2) the incorporation of index terms extracted from source documents into a polyhierarchical taxonomical structure. Kaiserâ s perspectivism anticipates postmodern theories of KO, while his principled use of polyhierarchy to organize terms derived from the language of source documents provides a potentially fruitful model that can inform current discussions about harvesting natural-language terms, such as tags, and incorporating them into a flexibly structured controlled vocabulary.en_US
dc.format.mimetypedocen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectIndexingen_US
dc.subject.otherSystematic indexingen_US
dc.subject.otherKnowledge organizationen_US
dc.subject.otherPolyhierarchyen_US
dc.subject.otherPerspectivismen_US
dc.titleEverything Old is New Again: Perspectivism and Polyhierarchy in Julius O. Kaiser's Theory of Systematic Indexingen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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