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NOTATIONAL SYMBOLS IN CLASSIFICATION: PART II: NOTATION AS AN ORDERING DEVICE

B.C. VICKERY (Librarian, Imperial Chemical Industries Limited, Alters Research Laboratories)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 1 February 1956

Abstract

A previous study of notation in classification appeared in this journal in 1952 (ref. 1). I there considered what functions notational symbols actually serve in existing systems of classification, and how the structure of the symbols is related to the functions served. I showed that a classification symbol serves three purposes: (a) to represent a term, (b) to locate it among a mass of other terms, and (c) to indicate relations between the terms symbolized. The first two purposes can be readily fulfilled by using any symbols which can be arranged in a unique linear order. It is the need to indicate relations between terms which has created the complex structure of modern classification symbols.

Citation

VICKERY, B.C. (1956), "NOTATIONAL SYMBOLS IN CLASSIFICATION: PART II: NOTATION AS AN ORDERING DEVICE", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 73-87. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb026223

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