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The Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, 2nd Edition by M. P. Satija

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Basic plan and structure

Abstract:

Describing the basic plan for the mapping of knowledge in the DDC, this chapter rests on the pre-existing division of knowledge developed by Francis Bacon’s three categories of Reason, Imagination and Memory.3 The chapter begins by introducing the features and uses of notation of Indo-Arabic numerals that were used decimally. The advantages and problems of using such a notation are then described, which depicts the hierarchy of knowledge in the DDC from 10 main classes into 100 divisions and 1000 sections, technically termed as the First, Second and Third Summary of knowledge, respectively. The knowledge is patterned into arrays and chains to make a finely weaved web of knowledge, in order to better describe ...

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