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Re: Possible use case

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 07:45:28 -0700
Message-ID: <20100814074528.5ifev1ud4wok4080@kcoyle.net>
To: William Waites <ww-keyword-okfn.193365@styx.org>, William Waites <william.waites@okfn.org>
Cc: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>, public-xg-lld <public-xg-lld@w3.org>
Quoting William Waites <william.waites@okfn.org>:

> The apocryphal story:
>     http://www.llrx.com/features/deweyoclc.htm
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_Hotel

The story is true, not apocryphal (which means false/fiction).

> As there are OCLC people here, has there been any move
> to loosen the strings on the DDC in recent times?

The creation of the DDC summaries at dewey.info is already a strong  
move in that direction, but as Dewey is a revenue source for OCLC, I  
doubt that open access to the whole is likely.

One suggestion that has been made around the library world is to  
gather actual assigned Dewey numbers and correlate them with actual  
subject headings in the records. That could give us a list of actual  
DDC codes and some hint to their meaning, and it should be possible to  
use the code itself to create the URI:

Note that DDC has some of the same issues as LCSH and LCC -- which is  
that it is not 1-to-1 with the codes or headings that you will find in  
actual bibliographic records. All three provide classes to which you  
can apply facets or other subdivisions, not all of the combinations  
that have actually been creating during subject analysis.


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