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Teaching Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) to Undergraduate Students : A Folksonomy Driven Approach


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Ivanjko, Tomislav. (2013). Teaching Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) to Undergraduate Students : A Folksonomy Driven Approach. In: 4th International Conference "The Future of Information Sciences: INFuture2013 – Information Governance", 6-8 November 2013, Zagreb.

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Teaching controlled vocabularies and classifications at an introductory level can be challenging in terms of clarifying theoretical notions and motivating the students. In this light, approaches where students are presented with real life data that illustrates key concepts can be very useful. This case study investigated the difference between subject description of a journal article when using uncontrolled vocabulary (free keywords) and controlled vocabulary (UDC notions) as compared to author keywords, title keywords and UDC notions added by the subject specialist. The study was carried out before and after students attended an undergraduate introductory course to the field of controlled vocabularies and classification systems with a special accent on using the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC). The results confirmed two original hypotheses that UDC driven (post-course) tags will show a greater consistency and have higher agreement with the terms added by the subject specialist than free keyword (pre-course) tags. Since the study was carried out in an educational setting one of the goals of the study was to investigate the possible use of the study to illustrate the basic concept differences between uncontrolled and controlled vocabulary in the light of folksonomies and the use of UDC as a pre-coordinated term list.

Item Type: Published conference work (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: folksonomies, UDC, controlled vocabulary, classification
Subjects: Information sciences > Knowledge organization
Departments: Department of Information Science
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 09:06
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 09:06

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