Culture Classification:     An analysis         Kai Li
Culture Classification• URL:  http://vterrain.org/Culture/culture_class.html• Designed by Virtual Terrain Project (VTP)• D...
Domain and Scope• It is "a complete list of terms which give useful  information about the visual appearance of a  man-mad...
Domain and Scope (2)• Specifications:  – "objects over a certain size: roughly human-scale    and larger"  – "objects whic...
Purpose• One of the purposes of this classification may  be to establish a domain map to share with  other communities the...
Structure• Hierarchical structure.• Structure of the classification:   – stationary objects      •   apartment building   ...
Structure (2)• Structure of the classification:  – stationary objects     • building        – power plant            » sub...
Structure (3)• “Is-a” relationship between levels; parallel  relationship between terms in the same level.  – Terms arrang...
Evaluation• “The hierarchy used here is entirely arbitrary  and subjective.”  – “Human language concepts are imprecise”  –...
Evaluation (2)• Appearance may not be the best criterion to  classify buildings.  – Buildings with different functions may...
Reference• Virtual Terrain Project. (n.d.). Culture Classification.  Retrieved October 16, 2012, from  http://vterrain.org...
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Culture Classification: An Analysis

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This is the second assignment of IST616 in iSchool Syracuse in Fall 2012. The requirement of this assignment is to analysis an classification. And the classification scheme I chose was Culture Classification designed by Virtual Terrain Project: http://vterrain.org/Culture/culture_class.html

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  • Culture Classification: An Analysis

    1. 1. Culture Classification: An analysis Kai Li
    2. 2. Culture Classification• URL: http://vterrain.org/Culture/culture_class.html• Designed by Virtual Terrain Project (VTP)• Date: Draft was published in 2002
    3. 3. Domain and Scope• It is "a complete list of terms which give useful information about the visual appearance of a man-made object on the terrain". – Inductive classification scheme• Unit: the concept of man-made objects
    4. 4. Domain and Scope (2)• Specifications: – "objects over a certain size: roughly human-scale and larger" – "objects which are typically found "outdoors" – "placed upon the terrain, not modifications to the terrain itself"
    5. 5. Purpose• One of the purposes of this classification may be to establish a domain map to share with other communities the descriptions of artifacts. – A number of schemata are referenced and discussed in this classification scheme – Mapping and linking, especially used by Internet community, will be an increasingly important function of library classification in the future
    6. 6. Structure• Hierarchical structure.• Structure of the classification: – stationary objects • apartment building • building • …… • windmotor, wind turbine, wind generator – mobile objects • amphibious vehicle • …… • space vehicle
    7. 7. Structure (2)• Structure of the classification: – stationary objects • building – power plant » subtype necessary to implicate appearance, examples: nuclear power plant…… – religious building » subtype necessary to implicate appearance, examples: eastern orthodox church – ……
    8. 8. Structure (3)• “Is-a” relationship between levels; parallel relationship between terms in the same level. – Terms arranged alphabetically• “Appearance of the objects” is the only facet in the classification based on the guiding principles: – However, “these may be based on appearance (visual form), on use, or several other criteria”. (http://vterrain.org/Culture/BldCity/)
    9. 9. Evaluation• “The hierarchy used here is entirely arbitrary and subjective.” – “Human language concepts are imprecise” – “Categorization is never a simple directed graph”• Languages: – “How to handle synonyms” – Bias toward American English
    10. 10. Evaluation (2)• Appearance may not be the best criterion to classify buildings. – Buildings with different functions may or may not have different appearances• This classification is too simple compared with the objects it aims to describe. – Inconsistencies in terms of how deep a category should be divided
    11. 11. Reference• Virtual Terrain Project. (n.d.). Culture Classification. Retrieved October 16, 2012, from http://vterrain.org/Culture/culture_class.html
    12. 12. Thanks!

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