Document Type

Article

Date

6-28-1989

Embargo Period

1989

Keywords

document classification, Organizing documents, Classifying documents, Classification.

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Description/Abstract

This paper reports on the findings of a larger case study that attempts to describe how people organize documents in their own offices. In that study, several dimensions along which people make classificatory decisions were identified. Of these, the use of to which a document is put emerged as a strong determiner of that document’s classification. The method of analysis is reviewed, and examples of the different kinds of uses are presented, demonstrating that it is possible to describe a wide variety of specific instances using a closed set of descriptors. The suggestion is made that, in designing systems for organizing materials, it might be advantageous to incorporate information about contextual variables, such as use, since these seem to be particularly important in classification decisions made within personal environments.

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Permission is granted by ACM-SIGIR 12th Annual International Conference on research and Development in Information retrieval. for SUrface to distribute this article. All rights reserved to ACM-SIGIR 12th Annual International Conference on research and Development in Information retrieval. Please refer to the journal's copyright policy for more information.”

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