Why organize information if you can find it? UDC and libraries in an Internet world

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106485
Title:
Why organize information if you can find it? UDC and libraries in an Internet world
Author:
Schallier, Wouter
Citation:
Why organize information if you can find it? UDC and libraries in an Internet world 2007-06,
Issue Date:
Jun-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106485
Submitted date:
2007-07-08
Abstract:
The Belgians Otlet en La Fontaine created the Universal Decimal Classification in order to collect and organize the world's knowledge. This happened in an age when information was almost exclusively made available by libraries. Since the internet, the quantity of information outside libraries is enormous and keeps growing every day. The internet is accessible to anybody, it is fundamentally unorganized and its content changes constantly. Collecting and organizing the world's knowledge seem to have become an impossible ambition. Perhaps it is even unnecessary, since search engines make information retrievable now. And why would we organize information if we can find it? So what will be the role of UDC and libraries in this internet environment? Libraries can still play a role as a major information provider, if they adapt fully to the expectations of a modern end user. The design and the functionalities of online catalogues should allow maximal accessibility, usability and active participation of the end user in the internet environment. Metadata, like UDC, should maximize the visibility of information, enrich it and invite the end user to assign metadata himself.
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Keywords:
Classification; Digital Libraries; Internet
Local subject classification:
UDC; Universal Decimal Classification; Knowledge organization; Libraries; Organization of information; Usability of metadata

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dc.contributor.authorSchallier, Wouteren_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-07-08T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:48:19Z-
dc.date.issued2007-06en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-07-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationWhy organize information if you can find it? UDC and libraries in an Internet world 2007-06,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106485-
dc.description.abstractThe Belgians Otlet en La Fontaine created the Universal Decimal Classification in order to collect and organize the world's knowledge. This happened in an age when information was almost exclusively made available by libraries. Since the internet, the quantity of information outside libraries is enormous and keeps growing every day. The internet is accessible to anybody, it is fundamentally unorganized and its content changes constantly. Collecting and organizing the world's knowledge seem to have become an impossible ambition. Perhaps it is even unnecessary, since search engines make information retrievable now. And why would we organize information if we can find it? So what will be the role of UDC and libraries in this internet environment? Libraries can still play a role as a major information provider, if they adapt fully to the expectations of a modern end user. The design and the functionalities of online catalogues should allow maximal accessibility, usability and active participation of the end user in the internet environment. Metadata, like UDC, should maximize the visibility of information, enrich it and invite the end user to assign metadata himself.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectClassificationen_US
dc.subjectDigital Librariesen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subject.otherUDCen_US
dc.subject.otherUniversal Decimal Classificationen_US
dc.subject.otherKnowledge organizationen_US
dc.subject.otherLibrariesen_US
dc.subject.otherOrganization of informationen_US
dc.subject.otherUsability of metadataen_US
dc.titleWhy organize information if you can find it? UDC and libraries in an Internet worlden_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
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