Meeting 137 of the Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) took place last week at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, OH.
The agenda included proposals related to the display of history notes, as well as the display of period tables in the 890s, both driven by the user experience in WebDewey. Several proposals were approved to clarify actions already intended or allowed: (1) the use of T1—028 Auxiliary techniques and procedures; apparatus, equipment, materials to express 3D printing applications; (2) the interpretation of regional groups in Table 5 to mean regional groups viewed as a whole population, as if they were national groups; (3) the ability to add notation T1—0901–0905 Historical periods to 930-990: 004 Ethnic and national groups, when appropriate; and (4) the classification of personal bibliographies for people associated with a subject in 016 Bibliographies and catalogs of works on specific subjects. Other proposals that were approved include updates to the classification in Table 2 for Peru and Greece; provision under 306.44 Language to add Table 6 notation; regularization of T1—08 Groups of people treatment under 346.013 Capacity and status of persons; expansions in Table 4 and the 400s for schools, theories, methodologies of linguistics; thorough updating of developments for land vehicles in transportation’s 388.34 Vehicles and engineering’s 629.22 Types of vehicles; and updates in the 900s to untangle the new archaeology developments from historical periods for several regions.
Two areas in which EPC has considered proposals over the course of multiple meetings—weapons and angiosperms—were also represented at Meeting 137. The next step for weapons will be a completely worked out proposal for EPC review and approval. The next step for angiosperms is also a fully developed proposal; here we are proposing to adopt a new taxonomic basis. Expect to hear more about both of these areas.
The committee considered discussion papers on the law of indigenous peoples, medieval European law, and Native American topics, all of which will return to EPC as full-blown proposals.
The committee had a wide-ranging discussion on Dewey’s value as an international standard for knowledge organization; as such, it can be leveraged into a variety of products, not only for classification, but also for knowledge discovery. The meeting also included presentations on a new website for the Dewey Section at the Library of Congress (coming soon to a screen near you!—we’ll keep you posted on its availability), Fiction Finder, topic enhancement of the DDC, and synonym management in the Relative Index.
One follow-up electronic meeting has been scheduled for September 2014. Meeting 137A will consider updated exhibits on the possibility of base numbers in add instructions ending in 0, computer science updates, digital collections, local church, 21st century art styles, winter sports, and the treatment and display of numbers for comprehensive and interdisciplinary works. The next face-to-face meeting of EPC—Meeting 138—will again be held at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, and is presently scheduled for 8-9 June 2015.