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The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization (Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing) [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Svenonius
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Book Description

Instant electronic access to digital information is the single most distinguishing
attribute of the information age. The elaborate retrieval mechanisms that support such access are a
product of technology. But technology is not enough. The effectiveness of a system for accessing
information is a direct function of the intelligence put into organizing it. Just as the practical
field of engineering has theoretical physics as its underlying base, the design of systems for
organizing information rests on an intellectual foundation. The subject of this book is the
systematized body of knowledge that constitutes this foundation.Integrating the disparate
disciplines of descriptive cataloging, subject cataloging, indexing, and classification, the book
adopts a conceptual framework that views the process of organizing information as the use of a
special language of description called a bibliographic language. The book is divided into two parts.
The first part is an analytic discussion of the intellectual foundation of information organization.
The second part moves from generalities to particulars, presenting an overview of three
bibliographic languages: work languages, document languages, and subject languages. It looks at
these languages in terms of their vocabulary, semantics, and syntax. The book is written in an
exceptionally clear style, at a level that makes it understandable to those outside the discipline
of library and information science.

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" The Intellectual Foundations of Information Organization is a dense, intellectually rigorous, and well-written book... A major contribution to the field of cataloging." Journal of the Association for History and Computing

About the Author

Professor Emerita, Department of Information Studies, UCLA. Professor Svenonius' research continues to be in the area of bibliographical control, including cataloging, classification, and indexing. Her particular focus has been on the design and evaluation of cataloging systems and documentary languages in the automated environment, and she is currently conducting an analytic study of rule types used in the AngloAmerican Cataloging Code in conjunction with developing a hypertext interface for the Code.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1866 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (31 Mar. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for information scientists 6 Oct. 2009
I am preparing a basic discipline on the foundations of information organization, and found a lot of good material here, despite a lack on the subject of ontologies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going, but worth the effort 2 Jun. 2001
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I think that a lot of people who work in information technology tend to think that the problems that we have with things like web-based search and retrieval are unique to Internet search engines and catalogue databases. I know that I've been working in the field while lacking an adequate sense of the historical basis of information organization.
Svenonius breaks information organization down into ideology (purposes and principles), the formalization of the processes involved in information organization, knowledge based on research, and key problems that need to be solved. It's information that's very useful for anybody who is involved with organization of information-- even for people like me who work more on the technical than conceptual side of content management systems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Metadata 22 Mar. 2003
By Thomas M. Shepard - Published on
I keep this book close to me at work and usually stick it in my laptop case when I leave for home. It is my bible for metadata. The first time I read it, I carefully underlined passages with a fine light pencil. Now I've tossed book decorum to the winds and use highligher pens! To mention just one general topic, Elaine Svenonius grapples with all of the key issues that trained librarians face when cataloguing digital materials. She also covers controlled vocabularies from several perspectives, and understands the challenges/difficulties of applying standard "book" classifications to rich media collections. That it took me a long time to get through this book has nothing to do with her style -- Elaine Svenonius writes clearly, often beautifully -- but rather with the amount of information and the mind-expanding concepts, which I still mull over as I wrestle at work with asset management.
2.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzz 11 Dec. 2013
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Book arrived in fine condition. Just don't care for the content. Required MLS reading. Please library science teachers, this is not a great textbook.
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth transaction 19 Aug. 2013
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Everything went great with this order. The condition was exactly as stated and I got quickly. Great price! Needed for school.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay 9 Sept. 2014
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Gives pertinent information on the topic. Bought for class.
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