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The Dewey Ecosystem Mitchell, Joan


Webcast sponsored by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by SLAIS. Joan S. Mitchell is Editor-in-Chief of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system at OCLC. There is a rich ecosystem associated with the Dewey Decimal Classification beyond what is visible in the iconic library shelf application of the system. Dewey numbers are associated with physical and digital content in collections around the world, with MARCXML-encoded content in current DDC translations, and with controlled vocabularies in English plus a host of other languages. The publication of DDC 23 in 2011 and Abridged Edition 15 in 2012, the introduction of a generic WebDewey interface and a new model for distributing and ingesting Dewey data in a variety of formats, and the emergence of several Dewey linked data initiatives will serve as the springboard to look at Dewey’s value proposition as a knowledge organization system in the current information environment.She has been closely affiliated with the DDC since 1985, when she became a member of the Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee. She chaired the committee from 1992 until her appointment as Dewey editor in 1993.

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