Blogs and Blogging...
I've gone through another month of posts this evening and given them del.icio.us tags. Only a hopeless nerd would happily spend a Saturday night doing this, but I have enjoyed the retrospect as well as the process of categorization.
In del.icio.us, a group of tags can be placed under a heading ("bundled") to create a simple outline of main points and subpoints. In a blog, it's a way to impose order upon the creation.
Librarians have been doing this sort of thing for years, and fortunately they have the Dewey Decimal System to provide standardized categories from library to library.
At last I recognize the absolute brilliance of that method. The entire world is organized under just ten main categories:
- 000 – Computer science, information, and general works
- 100 – Philosophy and psychology
- 200 – Religion
- 300 – Social sciences
- 400 – Language
- 500 – Science
- 600 – Technology
- 700 – Arts and recreation
- 800 – Literature
- 900 – History and geography
I've never understood why computer science is under 000 instead of 600 or even 400, but that's beside the point.
Each of the broad categories of Dewey is then broken down into groups of ten, and each of those groups is broken down farther and farther, until at last a book is assigned a number with places behind the decimal point as commonly seen on library books.
Dewey Decimal Classification is copyrighted by the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), but early editions of it (pre-1923) are in the public domain. I had never imagined that any entity owns the Dewey system.
"Do We" Really Know Dewey? No, obviously I don't!
Library of Congress Classification is another system of library organization, but it is not as widely used as the Dewey. The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) gives every book a distinctive number so barcodes will work wherever the book is sold.
Librarians assign just one category per book, but del.icio.us users can give as many tags as they wish to a webpage. That's an example of the flexibility of the digital compared to the physical. With so much flexibility, one must guard against redundancy.
I figure I'll just muddle along until I've gone through all the posts. Then I might go back and organize some tags a little better.
On the other hand, don't I really have something better to be doing with my time?!
Related site: Dewey Decimal System by Tens (quite useful for sorting things out.)