A New Dewey? LibraryThing Proposes The Open Shelves Classification System

An open source, collaborative Dewey replacement?  That sounds pretty cool…

The Dewey Decimal System® was great for its time, but it's outlived
that. Libraries today should not be constrained by the mental models of
the 1870s, doomed to tinker with an increasingly irrelevant system. Nor
should they be forced into a proprietary system—copyrighted,
trademarked and licensed by a single entity—expensive to adopt and
encumbered by restrictions on publishing detailed schedules or
coordinating necessary changes.

Thingology (LibraryThing's ideas blog): Build the Open Shelves Classification

The related discussion forum has lots of good conversation about all things classification.

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    You should check out the past few days of Autocat since this was proposed. They're up in arms about it.

    Posted 13 Jul 2008 at 2:32 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Yeah, definitely a controversial idea. Whether it flies or not, I always think it's a good thing to get people talking and passionate about something.

    Posted 20 Jul 2008 at 4:09 am

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