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By Rick Szostak, Claudio Gnoli, María López-Huertas

This e-book proposes a unique method of category, discusses its myriad benefits, and descriptions how such an method of type can most sensible be pursued. It encourages a collaborative attempt towards the specified improvement of one of these category. This e-book is prompted through the elevated significance of interdisciplinary scholarship within the academy, and the generally perceived shortcomings of present wisdom association schemes in serving interdisciplinary scholarship. it really is designed for students of class examine, wisdom association, the electronic surroundings, and interdisciplinarity itself. The process steered blends a basic class with domain-specific class practices. The ebook reaches a collection of very powerful conclusions:

-Existing type structures serve interdisciplinary learn and instructing poorly.

-A novel method of category, grounded within the phenomena studied instead of disciplines, might serve interdisciplinary scholarship far better. it will even have merits for disciplinary scholarship. The productiveness of scholarship might therefore be increased.

-This novel method is solely possible. a variety of issues that will be raised can each one be addressed. The huge outlines of what a brand new category might seem like are developed.

-This new procedure may well function a supplement to or an alternative choice to latest category systems.

-Domain research can and may be hired within the pursuit of a normal type. it will be really very important with admire to interdisciplinary domains.

-Though the impetus for this novel method comes from interdisciplinarity, it's also larger suited for the desires of the Semantic net, and a electronic setting extra generally.

Though the first concentration of the ebook is on type structures, so much chapters additionally tackle how the research can be prolonged to thesauri and ontologies. the potential for a common word list is explored. The class proposed has a few of the benefits sought in ontologies for the Semantic net. The e-book is hence of curiosity to students operating in those parts besides.

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If this is not achieved, individual scholars may work independently with little attempt at integration. 11 Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Research 25 discipline-based classification might be useful in archives (and indeed galleries and museums) as well as libraries. Transdisciplinary research projects differ in the degree to which non-academic stakeholders are integrated into the research team. It is often thought, though, that if external stakeholders are to be involved in a research project, they should be involved from the beginning.

Postmodernism comprises a set of critiques of the contemporary academy, and that academy is still largely organized around disciplines. Thus it is hardly surprising that many postmodern critiques resonate with interdisciplinarians; particularly concerns about scholarly biases, suspicion of overarching ‘meta-narratives’ (that is, grand theories or ideologies that purport to have an answer for everything) and the celebration of diverse points of view. But interdisciplinarity must in the end hinge on a belief that, through integration, we can achieve understandings that are in important ways more comprehensive and less biased than disciplinary insights, and some versions of postmodernism would doubt such a possibility.

Chapter 8 closes with a discussion of how the sort of classification recommended in this book might be adopted. Chapter 9 reviews some of the theoretical concerns that information scientists favoring a disciplinary approach to knowledge organization have raised against the project outlined in preceding chapters, and discusses how these concerns are best addressed. Chapter 10 concludes the book and outlines avenues for further research. Key Points Information scientists should explore ways in which our systems for classifying ideas and documents could better facilitate interdisciplinarity.

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