Blog Archives

The History of the Index Card

I’ve used index cards twice within the past six months alone. In one instance I used them for memorizing the different names and prices of similarly-themed products at the store where I work part-time. In the other, I was providing

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Cataloging, Classification

There’s a Fungus Among Us…But What’s Its Name? On the Efforts to Catalog Mushrooms

By day, Californian Alan Rockefeller works in cybersecurity. But by…well, later in the day, he’s a mushroom hunter and cataloger, one of a few dedicated volunteers that keep mycology moving. Because mushroom taxonomy isn’t an especially new or sexy field,

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Cataloging, Classification

The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus for American Indian Terminology

It is fairly well known that the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are problematic in endless ways.  However, one way in which the biases and marginalization of people is most apparent is within the Native American subject headings.  Issues

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Classification, Knowledge Structures, Libraries, Museums

Classifying the Stars

Recently I finished reading a book I picked up at the library on a whim called The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel. It is about the women

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Cataloging, Classification, Uncategorized

The Constitution’s taxonomy of officers and offices

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/09/25/the-emoluments-clauses-litigation-part-1-the-constitutions-taxonomy-of-officers-and-offices/?utm_term=.17f151f1bbe7 This articles details the hierarchical taxonomy of the offices of the United States of America, specifically the Office of the Presidency and the other offices of the Executive and Legislative branches. What this article examines is how various versions

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Cataloging, Classification, Knowledge Structures, Libraries, Library

A Call to Crowdsourcing

Recently, the National Archives uploaded a new collection of records to their Citizen Archives Project. The relatively small collection features photographs of life on Native American reservations in the early to mid 20th century all in need of descriptive tagging.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Classification, Libraries, Uncategorized

Structures of Knowledge

  ‘Genealogical distribution of the arts and sciences’ by Chrétien Frederic Guillaume Roth from Encyclopédie (1780) A remarkable tree featured as a foldout frontispiece in a later 1780 edition of the French Encyclopédie by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Classification, Knowledge Structures

by Hugh McLeod

Follow INFO 653 Knowledge Organization on WordPress.com
Pratt Institute School of Information