I love metadata


For those who haven't noticed it yet, I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that ever since the relaunch, each blog posting on The Aardvark Speaks has come with a Dewey Decimal Classification® number.

Dewey is here...
What do you think about the fact that each blog entry now comes with a Dewey classification number? (multiple answers possible)

It's cool, and I even know what it means.
It's cool, even though I don't know what it means.
It's stupid because nobody knows what it means.
It shows that you're a nerd.
It shows that you're a librarian.
It shows that you're a nerdy librarian.
Yay! Dewey rules!
Ugh. Dewey is boring.
Who is Dewey?
It's about time.
Who cares?


Everything you always wanted to know about the Dewey Decimal Classification® system but were afraid to ask can be found in The Dewey Blog. Other than looking at current events from a Dewey point of view, The Dewey Blog also intends to help libraries and cataloguers with cases where the correct classification may be doubtful.


I hadn't noticed, but I think it is kinda cool. I learned the Dewey Decimal system in school, but I believe many, if not most, libraries in the US have since switched to the Library of Congress Classification system. I'm not sure why.

The major advantage I see is that it is potentially fit for worldwide use and easily interchangeable, since arabic numbers are available in almost all character sets, nowadays.
The classification structure, however, seems quite inflexible and arbitrary.

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