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A Study on Classification of Interdisciplinary Subjects in DDC

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2011, 45(1), pp.333-351
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2011.45.1.333
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : January 17, 2011
  • Accepted : January 31, 2011

Bee-Yeon Kim 1

1성균관대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

As the boundaries between disciplines have been weakened and interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary subjects have increased, there is a limitation to express subjects with DDC. This study evaluates DDC instructions using interdisciplinary numbers and classifying more than one discipline through Delphi research. As a result, it is found that there is a need for defining separately ‘interdisciplinary subjects’ and ‘multidisciplinary subjects’, based on the level of integration among disciplines, and improving the instruction to maintain the consistency in assigning and filing classification numbers. It is also discussed that to enhance the symbols’ power of expression, an analytic/synthetic method could be adopted.

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