Digital Archiving Resources

Systems of Knowledge Organization for Digital Libraries: Beyond Traditional Authority Files

Title

Systems of Knowledge Organization for Digital Libraries: Beyond Traditional Authority Files

Subject

Curation

Description

This report provides an overview of knowledge organization systems (KOSs) and includes pertinent examples of their application to digital materials, offering extensive practical information for institutions embarking on digital library initiatives. The first section of the report defines the general characteristics of KOSs, with emphasis on their connection to a particular view of the world. The historic origins and uses of KOSs, in libraries and in other information management environments, are described, and various types of KOSs are discussed. The second section provides examples of how KOSs can be used to enhance digital libraries in a variety of disciplines, and describes how a KOS can be used to link a digital resource to related material. The third section discusses how KOSs can be used to provide disparate communities with access to digital library resources by using a KOS to provide alternate subject access, to add a new mode of access to the digital library, to provide multilingual access, or to support free-text searching.
The report concludes with a discussion of issues to consider when using KOSs with digital libraries. It provides a framework for the design, planning, implementation, and maintenance of KOSs in digital libraries.

Creator

Hodge, Gail M.

Publisher

The Digital Library Federation, Council on Library and Information Resources

Date

2000

Contributor

Polk, Victoria

Type

Book

Identifier

ISBN-13: 978-1887334761
ISBN-10: 1887334769

Bibliographic Citation

Hodge, Gail M.

Files

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Citation

Hodge, Gail M. , “Systems of Knowledge Organization for Digital Libraries: Beyond Traditional Authority Files,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed November 19, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/37.