A Conversation for The Dewey Decimal System

Major problems with the system

Post 1

darakat - Now with pockets!

It was invented by a
In the 1870's
All of these are dam easy to spot.
1. Christian comes form the fact that until version 21 the only religions where Christianity and "other".
2. Male. Ie the only thing under female sciences and works is cleaning and cooking and if your lucky perhaps breeding as well.
3. 1870's... No computers, airplanes, radio and so on, a lot of things like this now inevitably come under "Other".

Its not that Library of Congress Subject headings codes are much better but you can probably do more with it in a big library,

Major problems with the system

Post 2

David B - Singing Librarian Owl

Dewey Decimal is of course revised frequently to make room for new sciences, historical periods, languages, etc. The newest update continues the trend towards removing the Christian bias in the 200s, and makes sure that Computing and Maths (among other things) reflect the advances in those fields.

Library of Congress has exactly the same problem, for although new subject headings are easy to come by, you still need to create a number for the new topics, just as in Dewey.

Major problems with the system

Post 3

darakat - Now with pockets!

Yes well there's not much you can do about a pescribed and static source, you just have to do it...

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