Features for the future: What Might the Dewey Ecosystem Look Like in Ten Years?

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In the last ten years there has been much change in the Dewey ecosystem. One driver has been the European Dewey User Group (EDUG). This presentation, which I held at the EDUG meeting in the National Library of Norway, Oslo in April 2013, tries a look into the crystal ball in order to find out what the Dewey ecosystem looks like in ten years' time. The main points:
1) Dewey has changed some internals, including licensing, versioning and use of facets
2) DDC interoperates well with other knowledges information systems and we have well-established crosswalks in place in order to improve information retrieval
3) The integration of classification data into end-user interfaces is mainstream
If this becomes true depends on the people who use the system! If they want it to happen, it will.

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Features for the future: What Might the Dewey Ecosystem Look Like in Ten Years?

  1. 1. | 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20131Features for the Future: What Mightthe Dewey Ecosystem Look Like inTen Years?Lars G. Svensson
  2. 2. | 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20132In the last ten years, we have witnessedsome large changes in the Dewey worldPhotobyMattFromLondon(CCBY):http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonmatt/3163571645/
  3. 3. The EDUG community has been a largedriver behind some of those changes| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20133
  4. 4. In the previous talks we have heardmuch about the past …| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20134
  5. 5. … but we still do not know what willcome| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20135http://www.gedankenkonsum.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/the-future.jpg
  6. 6. So I had a brief session with my crystalball and in ten years:| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20136PhotobyJasonLangheine(CCBY-SA):http://www.flickr.com/photos/yorkjason/612634561/
  7. 7. 1. Dewey will have changed someinternals| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20137PhotobyKakePugh(CCBY-NC-SA):http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/738613004/
  8. 8. Dewey is available under an openlicense| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20138CC BY-NC-ND
  9. 9. There is explicit versioning of DDCclasses in place (and we use it for non-editorial purposes)| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 20139$ curl -H "Accept: application/rdf+xml" http://dewey.info/class/332.45/e23/about
  10. 10. The DDC is a fully faceted classification(and we use those facets!)| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201310639.5809483(Fishing for shellfish in south-west Norway)639.5(Crustacean fisheries)595.388(Natantia (Shrimps))T2--483(Sørlandet and Vestlandet)
  11. 11. 2. DDC is (even) more interoperable| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201311Drawings by dgra_xplane (CC BY-ND): http://www.flickr.com/photos/davegray/5630708321/and http://www.flickr.com/photos/davegray/5630708309/
  12. 12. We have mappings between DDC andother KOS| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201312DeweyGNDLCSHRVKSABSÄO RAMEAUCCLots of KOSI don„t know
  13. 13. There is an infrastructure in place todistribute those mappings| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201313PhotobyKIUIStaff(CCBY):http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiui/3693823005/
  14. 14. We have verified that the crosswalksactually make retrieval better…| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201314“Landhaus <Villa>”http://d-nb.info/040635325http://dewey.info/728.8http://d-nb.info/984538100“Saalbauten auf Pfalzenund Burgen im Reichder Staufer”dc:titledc:subjectskos:broadMatchskos:altLabel“Villa”skos:prefLabel“Large and elaborateprivate dwellings”skos:prefLabel
  15. 15. 3. The integration of DDC into userinterfaces is mainstream| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201315… and then you justapply the filter here andyou„ve found everythingon Swedish reindeer.Wow!
  16. 16. For end users we have a seamless inte-gration into catalogues and library portals| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201316
  17. 17. Cataloguers’ interfaces evaluate thirdparty information and suggest furtheraccess points| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201317
  18. 18. Major websites use Dewey as one wayto organize their content| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201318http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Decimal_Classification
  19. 19. So is this the future or just a dream?| 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201319PhotoinPublicDomain:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jheronimus_Bosch_023.jpg
  20. 20. | 21 | Building the future of DDC: Translations, technology and transition 2003 - 2013 | April 11, 201320PhotoinPublicDomain:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Melvil_Dewey.jpgPhotobyH.L.I.T.(CCBY):http://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/3285706027/Well, it depends on us! And if we believeit can be true, it will.

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