Before Your Very Eyes

LibraryThing is a blight on the face of the earth if you make a living from proprietary knowledge organisation tools. Because, shock horror dismay, they believe this sort of stuff should be open source. Their latest assault on the Iron Mountain of Knowledge Control is to replace the proprietary and wildly anachronistic Dewey Decimal Classification with an Open Shelves Classification scheme. On this page you’ll see the unfolding dialogue as the contributors build a classification scheme from scratch. Both fascinating and illuminating to watch a universal taxonomy being built collaboratively in real time. Unusually for taxonomy work, no blood has been spilled yet… but it’s early days…

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