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By Rick Szostak, Claudio Gnoli, María López-Huertas

This ebook proposes a unique method of type, discusses its myriad benefits, and descriptions how such an method of class can most sensible be pursued. It encourages a collaborative attempt towards the particular improvement of the sort of class. This publication is inspired by way of the elevated significance of interdisciplinary scholarship within the academy, and the generally perceived shortcomings of present wisdom association schemes in serving interdisciplinary scholarship. it truly is designed for students of category learn, wisdom association, the electronic atmosphere, and interdisciplinarity itself. The strategy suggested blends a common type with domain-specific class practices. The booklet reaches a suite of very robust conclusions:

-Existing category platforms serve interdisciplinary learn and educating poorly.

-A novel method of type, grounded within the phenomena studied instead of disciplines, may serve interdisciplinary scholarship far better. it will even have benefits for disciplinary scholarship. The productiveness of scholarship could hence be increased.

-This novel method is fullyyt possible. numerous issues that would be raised can every one be addressed. The huge outlines of what a brand new category could seem like are developed.

-This new strategy may well function a supplement to or an alternative to current category systems.

-Domain research can and will be hired within the pursuit of a common type. it will be really very important with admire to interdisciplinary domains.

-Though the impetus for this novel strategy comes from interdisciplinarity, it's also higher suited for the wishes of the Semantic net, and a electronic setting extra generally.

Though the first concentration of the ebook is on category platforms, such a lot chapters additionally handle how the research might be prolonged to thesauri and ontologies. the opportunity of a common word list is explored. The category proposed has the various benefits sought in ontologies for the Semantic internet. The ebook is accordingly of curiosity to students operating in those components to boot.

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We will find in what follows that our discussion of interdisciplinary KOSs intersects often with another important characteristic of the contemporary information environment: digitization. Card catalogues have been eclipsed by computer interfaces in libraries, and the Internet provides access to a host of information sources. Digitization is changing the way that scholars perform research (Meyer and Schroeder 2015). We will see that the sort of KOS that will best serve interdisciplinarity is far more feasible in the digital world than in the age of card catalogues (see Chap.

Yet we tend to evaluate information retrieval only in terms of whether users find what they look for. We should instead/also appreciate the value of alerting them to a range of related paths of exploration (Miksa 1992; Warner 2000). We ‘must develop methods to allow online users to serendipitously discover relevant Glassick et al (1997, 9) worried that the ‘scholarship of integration’ was under-appreciated in the academy. They argued that this was needed to overcome the fragmentation and isolation of disciplines, and to make connections within and across disciplines.

Its purpose is twofold: to show that the interest in both interdisciplinarity and phenomenon-based classification is longstanding, and to identify (and transcend) the reasons why previous efforts to develop interdisciplinary KOSs were unsuccessful. Chapter 5 then assesses the feasibility of creating KOSs of the sort indicated in Chaps. 3 and 4. Scholars favoring a disciplinary approach often advocate ‘domain analysis’: the careful identification of the terminology employed in a field. It will often be noted in this book that domain analysis can be complementary to the pursuit of a general classification of the type advocated in this book; Chap.

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