This little gem is not for the faint of heart. I wish “A Simplified Model for Facet Classification” had been around when I was struggling with Ranganathan’s colon classification scheme in library school. I, and I believe many other LIS students of my time, were entirely put off the idea of faceted classification by the experience. A shame really because facets are one of the most useful tools for wrangling massive amounts of stuff that has too many things in common to make full text based searching useful.
Dr. Spiteri’s overview (and melding) of Ranganathan’s work and the later work of the Classification Research Group takes a bit of the sting out the memories of all those Canons, Postulates, and Principles. (Not to mention the density of R’s language.)
If you need refresher on the basic tenets of faceted classification this is a good place to get it. But is you don’t already have some background in classification you’ll be lost in minutes.
I’m still looking for examples of using facets to describe systems (rather than retrieve information.) Opaque request, huh? I guess I’ll just have to go and build one of my own.