A Seminar and Workshop hosted jointly by ISKO UK and the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG) about classification, to review how and why it is learned. on Monday 16 July, 09.00 – 18.00
Wilkes Room – British Computer Society London Office
1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
From the time of Plato and Aristotle to the present day, the finest minds have been fascinated by the power of classification to make sense of the world and our existence in it. Cognitive development relies on our ability to sort things into categories, and the technique of grouping of like with like is fundamental to finding our way around the conceptual as well as the physical world. Pioneers such as Dewey, Otlet, Ranganathan and Bliss exploited this human capacity in sophisticated ways so that complex multidimensional ideas could be located in a linear sequence. More recently the proliferation of electronic networks and emergence of the Semantic Web have motivated alternative approaches to the sorting out of ideas and the linkages between them.