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Making Faceted Classification More Acceptable on the Web

Yunseon Choi

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Faceted Classification has become of interest in organizing resources on the Web, because it does not fix the relationships among classes. So, Faceted Classification is more effective than traditional classifications for describing diverse and multidisciplinary subjects on the Web. However, Faceted Classification lacks an ability to express relationships among facets. Unlike Faceted Classification, ontologies can formally express such relationships among fundamental concepts. On the other hand, both Faceted Classification and ontologies have something in common with regard to their purpose: they offer a consistent structure to organize web resources effectively. The author discusses ontologies, their potential use in Faceted Classification for organizing web resources and their semantic (formal) aspects. In this paper, the author focuses on one ontology, the Resource Description Framework (RDF) ontology which has a strong similarity with Faceted Classification in terms of theory, mechanism, and hierarchy. Faceted Classification could be more usefully accepted for organizing resources on the Web if complemented by ontologiesí formal descriptions of relationships among facets. To improve the ability of Faceted Classification to better support the description of resources on the Web, our next step should be the development of a formal semantics for a knowledge representation model that supports the description of more complex concepts and semantic relationships.

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