Re: The future of meta-indices/libraries

David Kulp (
Thu, 17 Mar 1994 20:23:01 --100

> One thing Stan's posting reminded me of - let's say we adopt a
> particular library classification scheme to put in resources'
> meta-information (pick your favourite :-). Books can (usually!)
> only be on one shelf at a time, but there's no reason why an
> on-line resource can't belong to any number of classification
> systems.
> I think a simple "standardised" classification system using the
> meta-info for Internet resources would make it easy to bootstrap
> topic curators (or their moral equivalent). It also conjures up
> amusing pictures of intelligent clients which used the
> classification info to weed out (say) unwanted hits in search
> results - a la Usenet killfiles!
> Martin

I agree with Martin. Instead of relying on information curators to
organize information in an ad-hoc manner, why not set-up an initial
very detailed full tree and ask information providers to climb
this standard tree, hanging their ornaments on the proper,
accepted branches. In this sense, that's how "Joel's" index works,
except Joel does all the work decorating the tree.