Course: Classification systems    
ECTS credits: 6
Language: Croatian
Duration: 1 semester
Status: compulsory elective
Method of teaching: lectures, practical exercises/tutorial
Prerequisite: none
Assessment: written exam, oral exam, coursework

Course description: Students will be introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of classification systems. Characteristics of different classification systems for organization of print and digital items will be shown. Knowledge organization systems will be presented and difference regarding how they are in organization and retrieval of different collections will be shown. Special focus is put on understanding the differences between taxonomies, classification systems, ontologies and folksonomies. Practical aspects include working with the Universal decimal classification as an example of one universal classification applied in different information institutions.

Lectures: Introduction to knowledge organization; Historical aspects of knowledge organization tools; Catalogues and indexing languages; Taxonomies, categorization and classification systems; Developmental phases of classification systems: from enumerative to facet classifications; Library classifications types; Universal decimal classification; Facets and analytic-synthetic approach; Classification systems for different information institutions application; Automatic classification; Classification visualization; Classification in organization of digital collections; Simple knowledge organization systems (SKOS)
Practical exercises: Aspects of classification development; Abstracting and indexing; From keywords to indexes; Building faceted classification; Collection organization; Using Universal decimal classification for indexing objects, print and digital documents.

Course objectives:
After taking this course students will be able to:

1. Apply foundations of classification in development of classifications systems
2. Evaluate classification systems and recommend the appropriate one for collection organization
3. Create different types of abstracts
4. Distinguish between indexing terms and keywords
5. Recognize and identify different indexing languages
6. Organize documents using Universal decimal classification
7. Define and differentiate Simple knowledge organization systems

Quality check and success of the course:
Internal evaluation will be done by teachers and students at the end of semester. External evaluation will be done by fellow professors participating at the course and evaluating both course and teacher.

Reading list:
1. Broughton, V. Essential classification. London: Facet publishing, 2004.
2. McIlwaine, I.C. Univerzalna decimalna klasifikacija : upute za uporabu / prevela J. Leščić Lokve : Benja ; Zagreb: Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica ; Osijek : Filozofski fakultet, 2004.
3. Organizing knowledge : an introduction to managing access to information / Jennifer Rowley and Richard Hartley. - 4 izd. - Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2008.
4. Odabrana poglavlja iz organizacije znanja / urednica Jadranka Lasić-Lazić. Zagreb: Zavod za informacijske studije, 2004.
5. Slavić, A. Semantički Web, sustavi za organizaciju znanja i mrežni standardi. // Informacijske znanosti u procesu promjena / urednica Jadranka Lasić-Lazić. Zagreb: Zavod za informacijske studije, 2005.
6. Svenonius, E. The intellectual foundation of information organization. Cambridge, Ma; London: The MIT Press, 2000.