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This paper analyzes previous work on the classification of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), discusses strengths and weaknesses, and proposes a new and integrative framework. It argues that current analyses of the KOS tend to be idiosyncratic and incomplete, relying on a limited number of dimensions of analysis. The paper discusses why and how KOS should be classified on a new basis. Based on the available literature and previous work, the authors propose a wider set of dimensions for the analysis of KOS. These are represented in a taxonomy of KOS. Issues arising are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalKnowledge Organization
Volume39
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012

    Research areas

  • knowledge organization systems, KOS, Classification

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