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Exploring the renaissance of wayfinding and voyaging through the lens of knowledge representation, organization and discovery systems

Wayne Buente (University of Hawai‘i at Mănoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA)
Chad Kālepa Baybayan (University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, Hawai‘i, USA)
Lala Hajibayova (Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA)
Mallory McCorkhill (Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA)
Roman Panchyshyn (Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 14 May 2020

Issue publication date: 11 February 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical analysis from an ethical perspective of how the concept of indigenous wayfinding and voyaging is mapped in knowledge representation, organization and discovery systems.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, the Dewey Decimal Classification, the Library of Congress Subject Headings, the Library of Congress Classifications systems and the Web of Science citation database were methodically examined to determine how these systems represent and facilitate the discovery of indigenous knowledge of wayfinding and voyaging.

Findings

The analysis revealed that there was no dedicated representation of the indigenous practices of wayfinding and voyaging in the major knowledge representation, organization and discovery systems. By scattering indigenous practice across various, often very broad and unrelated classes, coherence in the record is disrupted, resulting in misrepresentation of these indigenous concepts.

Originality/value

This study contributes to a relatively limited research literature on representation and organization of indigenous knowledge of wayfinding and voyaging. This study calls to foster a better understanding and appreciation for the rich knowledge that indigenous cultures provide for an enlightened society.

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Citation

Buente, W., Baybayan, C.K., Hajibayova, L., McCorkhill, M. and Panchyshyn, R. (2020), "Exploring the renaissance of wayfinding and voyaging through the lens of knowledge representation, organization and discovery systems", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 76 No. 6, pp. 1279-1293. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-10-2019-0212

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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