Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Classify: a FRBR-based research prototype for applying classification numbers

Classification schemes are used by libraries to provide a systematic arrangement of materials. The classification numbers applied to books and other materials are used to arrange items physically on shelves and to support browsing, filtering and retrieval of bibliographic information in online systems. The Classify prototype is designed to help users apply classification numbers.

Classify is a FRBR-based prototype designed to support the assignment of classification numbers and subject headings for books, DVDs, CDs, and other types of materials. This project applies principles of the FRBR model to aggregate bibliographic information above the manifestation level. Bibliographic records are grouped using the OCLC FRBR Work-Set algorithm to form a work-level summary of the class numbers and subject headings assigned to a work. You can retrieve a summary by ISBN, ISSN, UPC, OCLC number, author/title, or subject heading. A Classify record for a work contains the most frequently assigned DDC, LCC and NLM class numbers, as applicable, based on holdings counts.

The Classify database is accessible through a user interface and as a machine-to-machine service.

From OCLC NEXTSpace, January 2010

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