Knowledge Organisation


Kim H. Veltman

Thoughts on the Re-organisation of Knowledge

Automatisierung in der Klassifikation eV, ed. Ingetraut Dahlberg (Teil I), Königswinter/Rhein, 5.-8. (April 1983), (Frankfurt: Indeks Verlag, 1983), pp.141-150. (Studien zur Klassifikation, Bd. 13, SK 13).

0. Introduction
1. Verbal Knowledge
2. Visual Knowledge
2.1 Development of Ideas
2.2 Different Media
2.3 Practice and Theory
2.4 Realism
2.5 Levels of Abstraction
3. Numerical Knowledge
4. Pilot Project

0. Introduction

Ever since the Greeks the classification of knowledge has inspired efforts towards a single system which could replace all others. Plato thought such an organisation would involve subjects. Aristotle believed a breakdown was needed in terms of basic methods such as theoretical, practical end productive. Since then thinkers ranging from Boethius, St. Thomas Aquinas and Bacon to Brunet, Hartwig, Brown, Dewey and Bliss have devoted their energies to new systems which excluded others.1 Almost all these systems have focussed on verbal knowledge stored in manuscripts and books and have thereby overlooked the special characteristics of visual and numerical knowledge. This paper outlines a now approach to classification which would involve 1) an integration of earlier systems and 2) the development of systems sensitive to differences between verbal, visual and numerical knowledge.

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