Results for Faceted Classification

There are 12 resources for Faceted Classification in the library.

Articles and Papers

Bottoms Up: Designing Complex, Adaptive Systems
by Peter Morville (2002)
Subject: Controlled Vocabularies, Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: Explores how the reductionism trend makes for in-cohesive sites. Discusses the use of a bottom-up rather than a top-down approach to information architecture design to make your Web site whole.

Classification, Facets, and Metaproperties
by Martin Frické, Scott Hill (1/2011)
Subject: Faceted Classification, Information Architecture - General, Navigation, Ontologies
Language: English
Abstract: The paper argues that second order properties or metaproperties are essential for classification and navigation of information, for example for faceted classification and the navigation it generates. The paper observes that metaproperties, are not accommodated well within such standard schemes as Z39.19, description logics (DLs), and the formal ontologies OWL, BFO, and DOLCE.
Note: Frické, M. (2011). Classification, Facets, and Metaproperties. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 2, No. 2. [Available at]

FaceTag: Integrating Bottom-up and Top-down Classification in a Social Tagging System PDF Document
by Emanuele Quintarelli, Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati (9/30/2006)
Subject: Faceted Classification, Information Retrieval, Social Context
Language: English
Abstract: FaceTag is a working prototype of a semantic collaborative tagging tool conceived for bookmarking information architecture resources. It aims to show how the flat keywords space of user-generated tags can be effectively mixed with a richer faceted classification scheme to improve the system information architecture. Facets constitute an adaptive classification system capable to represent both a knowledge in movement (like that of collaborative environments) and several mental models at the same time. The blend of tags and facets is able to empower the information scent and berrypicking capabilities of the system.

Faceted classification for community services using CRG standard categories PDF Document
by Claudio Gnoli, Maria Elisabetta Lai, Luca Rosati (7/6/2005)
Subject: Case Studies, Controlled Vocabularies, Experience Design, Faceted Classification, Findability, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Faceted classification is increasingly considered as a tool in non-traditional knowledge organization contexts, such as knowledge management and information architecture. These new applications, however, are rarely based on the full theory of facet analysis as developed by Ranganathan and the CRG (Classification Research Group). In this paper we report the creation of a faceted scheme to organize Web resources concerning regional community services, including remote management of cases (e- government).

Facets & Controlled Vocabularies
by Karl Fast, Fred Leise, Mike Steckel (2002)
Subject: Controlled Vocabularies, Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: The authors present a comprehensive overview of faceted classifications and controlled vocabularies.

Facets in your Future
by Bob Doyle (6/8/2004)
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: A faceted alternative to fixed-hierarchy, single-taxonomy, directory-style websites.

Faucet Facets: A Few Best Practices for Designing Multifaceted Navigation Systems
by Jeffrey Veen (2002)
Subject: Faceted Browsing, Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: Jeffrey Veen discusses the best practices for designing navigation systems for architectures based on faceted classification in the areas of facet selection, winnowing interaction, and results rendering. Examples are included for each.

How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web
by William Denton (3/28/2009)
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: Describes when to use faceted classification on web sites and provides instruction for creating a faceted classification system.
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Innovation in Classification
by Peter Merholz (2001)
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: This article addresses two aspects of classification: innovation and faceted classification. Includes links to additional online resources involving classification.

Specification for Resource Description Methods. Part 3: The Role of Classification Schemes in Internet Resource Description and Discovery
by Michael Day, Traugott Koch
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: This study discusses the role of classification schemes in resource description and discovery. It recommends automatic classification processes if large robot-generated services are to offer a good browsing structure for their documents or advanced filtering techniques as well as proper query expansion tools to improve the search process.

to_be_classified: A Facet Analysis of a Folksonomy (1/2011)
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: This paper examines the use of the postulational approach to facet analysis to manually induce a faceted classification ontology from a folksonomy. An in-depth study of faceted classification theory is used to form a methodology based on the postulational approach, which is then used to facet analyze a dataset consisting of over 107,000 instances of 1,275 unique tags representing 76 popular non-fiction history books collected from the LibraryThing folksonomy. Preliminary results of the facet analysis indicate the manual inducement of two faceted classification ontologies in the dataset: a completed ontology representing the domain of books and an incomplete ontology representing the domain of subjects within the domain of books. The grouping of tags into theoretically based facets and conceptual categories give new insight into how users describe information resources. Furthermore, the relationships discerned in the ontologies are user-generated relationships between tagged information items, representing a new form of knowledge. Practical implications of the results are discussed in terms of potential areas in which user-generated metadata can enhance faceted structures in information architecture.
Note: Conradi, E. (2011). to_be_classified. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 2, No. 2. [Available at]

Blogs, Columns and Journals

Dynamic Taxonomies: A Model for Large Information Bases
by Giovanni M. Sacco (6/2000)
Subject: Faceted Classification, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: A new taxonomic model for structuring and accessing large heterogeneous information bases is presented. The model is designed to simplify both classification and access by computer-illiterate people. It defines simple and intuitive operations to access large information bases at the conceptual level and at different levels of abstraction, in a totally assisted way, through a simple, yet effective visual interface. The model can also be used to summarize result sets computed by other query methods, such as information retrieval, shape retrieval, etc., and to provide user maps for complex hypermedia networks. The experience gained by applying this model to commercial applications is reported. architecture).

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