• Archaeology and the structure of class 9

      Chovanova, Katarina (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      Despite the intensive revision carried out in the past two decades, there are still some outdated parts of UDC in need of attention. Although new terminology may be added on a more specific subject level, the outdated and illogical structure of the top classes in class 9 stands out. The work on recent extensions of class 94 History has reminded us of what is still wrong in the class 9.
    • Conspectus categorization scheme based on UDC classification used in subject gateways in Czechia

      Balikova, Marie (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      This paper explores the role of classification and other terminological subject systems in subject gateways showing the Czech experience. The potential of combining a top level classification such as Conspectus with the application of further classified sets of subject access points using UDC is explained. Some examples are given of special subject gateways developed under a general gateway, all interlinked and providing similar interfaces and functionalities. The potential of a common strategy of subject access tools is emphasized, to further improve subject retrieval across the different gateways in a consistent and transparent manner.
    • Forty-five numbers for snow: a brief introduction to the UDC for Polar libraries

      Gilbert, Mark; Lane, Heather (2008-12)
      This paper discusses the development of the Polar UDC. It examines some elements of the UDC specific to the Polar context, in particular the geographical auxiliary schedule. Some future plans for the implementation of UDC in a library and also in a museum context are outlined.
    • Medicine and the UDC: the process of restructuring Class 61

      McIlwaine, Ia C; Williamson, Nancy (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      This paper gives an account of the project to reconstruct and update the UDC schedule 61 - Medicine Class, that has been conducted since 1993. An overview of the work already done in Phase 1 of the project is provided as well as its findings. The authors identify problems still to be addressed and set out the methodology for Phase 2.
    • Present state of the UDC in Ukraine

      Akhverdova, Marina (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      When Ukraine was an USSR member, Ukrainian classification experts used the third Russian UDC edition. After Ukraine obtained independence, the need emerged for a national UDC version, in Ukrainian language. Following detailed study and critical analysis of advantages and disadvantages of the major classifications used in Ukraine and worldwide in the 20th century, the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) was chosen because of its international status, wide distribution and accumulated experience concerning its use. The Vidrodzhennya international fund financed the project of a UDC translation and publishing in Ukrainian.
    • Some arguments against the suitability of Library of Congress Classification for Spanish libraries

      San Segundo Manuel, Rosa (2008-12)
      This paper introduces the history of library classifications application in Spanish libraries and discusses the validity of criteria followed in the recent adoption of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) by some Spanish university libraries. The suitability of the scheme for subject indexing and retrieval is analysed contrasting advantages and disadvantages from several viewpoints: practical aspects of implementation, value as a knowledge organization system, efficacy for subject representation and retrieval, user friendliness and adequacy to functionalities required in Web OPACs. From the theoretical perspective, the lack of adherence of LCC to some fundamental canons for building library classifications defined by Ranganathan is also pointed out. On the overall, the paper argues in favour of decimal classification systems.
    • UDC activities in Russia: a VINITI report

      Arskiy, Yurij M (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      VINITI is the publisher of UDC schedules in Russian language and the only publisher that still maintains, develops and publishes a full UDC edition. Much of VINITIâ s effort is put into research and development of the classification, user support and training. Being part of the Russian Academy of Science, VINITIâ s main strength as classification publisher comes from its team of scientists, researchers and subject specialists that work on the development and maintenance of the knowledge organization terminology. VINITI maintains a Russian UDC database and is also responsible for the alignment of the UDC with the Russian Rubricator for Science and Technology, the official scientific taxonomy that serves as a unified indexing language for information exchange in the fields of scientific research and technology.
    • UDC and its use: a case study of libraries and information centres in Delhi

      Singh, K. P. (UDC Consortium, 2008-01)
      This paper explores the use of UDC in libraries and information centers of Delhi. The information presented here is part of the larger data set collected by the author while compiling the Delhi libraries web directory. The survey, conducted through library visits and questionnaires, shows that in Delhi there are sixty four libraries using various editions of UDC. These include libraries of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), as well as libraries of the Judiciary system situated in Delhi such as Supreme Courts of India, High Courts of Delhi and Districts courts of Delhi. Some libraries of national importance such as Indian Institute of Technology, National Agricultural Library, National Medical Library, National Science Library, are also using the UDC.
    • UDC in 2008 - Brief news from Slovenia

      Rozman, Darija (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      The Slovenian translation of the UDC version of MRF 2001 - in the online edition available at http://www.nuk.uni-lj.si/udk/ - was presented at the UDC Seminar in The Hague, in June 2007. In the autumn of 2008 it was updated according to the UDC MRF 2006, including changes approved from 2002 to 2006.
    • UDC in India: use and problems

      Satija, Mohinder P (UDC Consortium, 2008-01)
      Deweyâ s Decimal Classification was introduced in India in 1915 by Asa Don Dickinson (1876- 1960), a student of Melvil Dewey, on his appointment as Librarian in Punjab University, Lahore. Soon after, India became its largest user of the system in Asia. It is, however, unknown when and how UDC was first used in India. The earliest reference to UDC can be found in Ranganathanâ s classic Prolegomena to library classification (1937), wherein he made a comparative study of the then existing classification systems in order to derive some normative principles of classification, but more so to demonstrate the supremacy of his own system, Colon Classification (CC). Nevertheless, it is known that some libraries were using UDC by the early 1950s.
    • UDC in Lithuania

      Norekiene, Dalia (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      In 1991, the first UDC schedules in Lithuanian language were published as an abridged UDC edition adapted for Lithuanian public libraries. In the period 1992-1993 separate fascicles of complete Russian UDC tables continued to be translated, adapted and published for Lithuanian libraries. As the need for a standard Lithuanian edition has become more apparent, the Lithuanian National Library started preparation of the new edition in 1995. At the time of this report more than 64,000 classes of the UDC MRF database have been translated into Lithuanian; several volumes of the new Lithuanian edition have already been published and others are in preparation.
    • UDC or DDC: a note about the suitable choice for the National Library of Liechtenstein

      Fandino, Marta (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      The Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) is currently used in the National Library of Liechtenstein (NLL). Librarians have been using the 1978 German medium edition â Dezimalklassifikation: Internationale Mittlere Ausgabe: FID 550â published by the German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung - DIN). Since DIN ceased its activity as UDC publisher, there has been no other interest in publishing a German edition of the classification. Hence, the NLL library lacks a suitable and up-to-date UDC edition in German to extend and modernize its content indexing. In order to update information access to its collection, the NLL is faced with two options: reclassifying books to the more recent edition of the UDC or reclassifying to DDC22(Dewey Decimal Classification), recently translated and published in German. In 2007-2008, as part of a graduate library & information science programme internship, research was conducted to assess the suitability of the two classification schemes in supporting collection management and information access in the NLL - with relation to costs, work expenditure and practical classification issues. This text is a brief summary from the final research report.
    • The UDC Philosophy revision project

      Gnoli, Claudio; Mazzocchi, Fulvio; Slavic, Aida (UDC Consortium, 2008-12)
      The UDC class 1 Philosophy. Psychology has remained unchanged for more than forty years. The most obvious problem with the class is an anachronistic intercalation of psychology in the middle of the class of philosophy (Task force for UDC system development, 1990), one of the still uncorrected remainders of structural problems inherited from Dewey Decimal Classification. We are now pleased to announce that the project of the revision of UDC class 1 Philosophy will take place in 2009-2010.
    • What a Subject Search Interface Can Do

      Schallier, Wouter; McIlwaine, I.C. (UDC Consortium The Hague, 2004-12)
      K.U.Leuven University Library (Belgium) developed an experimental interface for subject search by UDC in the OPAC. The interface combines the search facilities of a classification with those of a word system, since it enables the end user to search by subject terms and to see these terms in the hierarchy of broader, parallel and more specific terms. This project should be seen as an important indication of the libraryâ s growing concern to present its information sources in a content-structured and user-friendly way. At the same time, it has to be situated in a new policy for knowledge organization, which aims to find a balance between the local and overall needs of a library network. Finally, this project comes at a moment when K.U.Leuven University Library is in full conversion to Aleph 500 software.