Meeting 133 of the Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) was held June 16-18 at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. This was the last face-to-face meeting of EPC during calendar year 2010. EPC scheduled two electronic meetings, 133A and 133B, to be held during the period July-August 2010. Meeting 134, the next face-to-face meeting of the committee, will be held at OCLC in mid-June 2011.
In Table 1 (Standard Subdivisions), EPC approved a proposal to revise the three internal add tables in light of the updated policy on standard subdivisions with extended or narrowed meanings, and displaced standard subdivisions (the policy itself was discussed at Meeting 132 and approved at Meeting 132A). EPC also reviewed and approved changes arising from application of the aforementioned policy in Table 3 (Subdivisions for the Arts, for Individual Literatures, for Specific Literary Forms); 368 Insurance; and 380 Commerce, Communications, Transportation. EPC discussed updates to the add tables in 398 Folklore and 900 History, geography, and related disciplines but delayed action on them until Meeting 133A (here and elsewhere, postponement of action to Meeting 133A was planned before the meeting).
In Table 2 (Geographic Areas, Historical Periods, Persons), EPC approved the developments for T2--494 Switzerland and T2--485-488 Sweden, plus the name change of T2--54912 North-West Frontier Province to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. EPC reviewed the updates to Germany and neighboring countries and to Turkey in the ancient and modern world, but delayed final action until Meeting 133A.
In Table 5 (Ethnic and National Groups) and Table 6 (Languages), EPC approved updated provisions for Finnic and Saami peoples and languages. The interoperable expansion for Finnic peoples and languages prepared for inclusion in the Norwegian and Swedish translations sparked a lively discussion about the role of the English-language print edition in setting the notational framework for the standard version of the DDC. EPC will explore this topic in depth at Meeting 134.
EPC approved selected updates in the following schedules: 004-006 Computer science; 281 Eastern churches (and changes related to Orthodox Christianity elsewhere in 200 Religion); 364.1 Criminal offenses (for terrorism); 640 Home and family management; 796 Athletic and outdoor sports and games; and 900 History, geography, and related disciplines. In the last, EPC approved changes to the history of the ancient world; the history of Sweden; and wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. EPC also discussed updates to the histories of Indonesia and Africa, and to countries whose historical periods are represented by decades; final action was delayed until Meeting 133A.
EPC discussed the following schedules, but delayed action on them until Meeting 133A: 340 Law; 370 Education; 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore; and 660 Chemical engineering and related technologies. The full versions of Table 2 (Geographic Areas, Historical Periods, Persons), 800 Literature and 900 History, geography, and related disciplines will be considered at Meeting 133A.
Several discussion papers were considered by the committee. In addition to ones informing the proposed developments in 340 Law and 370 Education, the committee considered a proposed update to historical periods and Hadith in 297 Islam, Babism, Bahai Faith. We plan to introduce a full expansion of Islam in the 200 Religion class later next year after the publication of DDC 23 in print. Because the proposed revision for Hadith uses the revised historical periods and includes a relocation of Hadith from 297.124 to 297.125 with a significant revision and expansion under the latter number, we thought it best to speed review and approval of this portion of the 297 expansion for inclusion in the print version of DDC 23. Juli Beall posted a discussion paper here.
Other matters considered by the committee included the placement of relocation and discontinuation notes at the end of class records in DDC 23, and proposed changes to the Introduction and Glossary in DDC 23. EPC received a sneak preview of the final screens for WebDewey 2.0 (slated to be introduced in a few months). The committee also heard progress reports on Dewey research, Dewey linked data, and Dewey translations.
The meeting featured a presentation on Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD)) by Prof. Marcia Lei Zeng (Kent State Unversity & Chair, IFLA Working Group on FRSAD), followed by a panel discussion on implications of the model for classification systems. EPC member Jonathan Furner (UCLA) and Diane Vizine-Goetz (OCLC Research), both members of the IFLA WG, joined Marcia in the panel discussion.
The Dewey Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee
Standing from left to right: Welna van Eeden (University of South Africa), Deborah Rose-Lefmann (Northwestern University), Sandra Singh (University of British Columbia), David Farris (Library and Archives Canada), Lyn McKinney (Billings Senior High School, MT), Andrea Kappler (Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, IN).
Seated from left to right: Karl Debus-Lopez (Library of Congress), EPC Chair Caroline Kent (British Library).Vice Chair Anne Robertson (Australian Committee on Cataloguing), Jonathan Furner (University of California Los Angeles)
-- Posted by Giles on behalf of Joan Mitchell