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Ontologies, Taxonomies and Thesauri in Systems Science and Systematics. Chandos Information Professional Series

  • ID: 2719838
  • Book
  • October 2010
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

The originality of this book, which deals with such a new subject matter, lies in the application of methods and concepts never used before - such as ontologies and taxonomies, as well as thesauri - to the ordering of knowledge based on primary information. Chapters in the book also examine the study of ontologies, taxonomies and thesauri from the perspective of systematics and general systems theory. Ontologies, Taxonomies and Thesauri in Systems Science and Systematics will be extremely useful to those operating within the network of related fields, which includes documentation and information science.

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About the author

Chapter 1: From classifications to ontologies


A new concept of knowledge

Knowledge and information

Knowledge organisation

Knowledge organisation and representation

Cognitive sciences

Talent management

Learning systematisation

Historical evolution

From classification to knowledge organisation

Why ontologies exist


The structure of ontologies


Topics for discussion

Chapter 2: Taxonomies and thesauri

From ordering to taxonomy

The origins of taxonomy

Hierarchical and horizontal order

Correlation with classifications

Taxonomy in computer science

Computing taxonomy


Virtual taxonomy, cybernetic taxonomy

Taxonomy in Information Science

Similarities between taxonomies and thesauri

Differences between taxonomies and thesauri

Topics for discussion

Chapter 3: Thesauri

Terminology in classification systems

Terminological languages


Thesauri definitions

Conditions that a thesaurus must fulfil

Historical evolution

Classes of thesauri

Topics for discussion

Chapter 4: Thesauri in (cladist) systematics


Systematics as a noun

Definitions and historic evolution over time

Differences between taxonomy and systematics

Systematics in thesaurus construction theory

Classic, numerical and cladist systematics

Classic systematics in information science

Nuniversal hierarchical classifications

Numerical systematics in information science

Thesauri in cladist systematics

Systematics in information technology

Some examples

Topics for discussion

Chapter 5: Thesauri in systems theory

Historical evolution

Approach to systems

Systems theory applied to the construction of thesauri


Classes of system

Peculiarities of these systems

Working methods

Systems theory applied to ontologies and taxonomies

Topics for discussion

Author index

Subject index

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Emilia Currás Universidad Académica, Spain.

Dr. Emilia Currás is University Professor, researcher and an academic with a PhD. in Chemistry and LIS Certifications. She is owner of several honours, such as Fellow of Institute for Information Scientist; Decorated of Colombian Government; Prof. Kaula Gold Medal; Distinguished Woman from IBI (UK); Founder of SEDIC (Spanish Society for Information Science); ISKO-Spain Honorary President. She is an international lecturer, with invitations from Asian, American, European and Middle Eastern countries.
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