Ontologies, Taxonomies and Thesauri in Systems Science and Systematics

Ontologies, Taxonomies and Thesauri in Systems Science and Systematics

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  • Author: Emilia Currás
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780631752
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346128

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The originality of this book, which deals with such a new subject matter, lies in the application of methods and concepts never used before – such as ontologies and taxonomies, as well as thesauri - to the ordering of knowledge based on primary information. Chapters in the book also examine the study of ontologies, taxonomies and thesauri from the perspective of systematics and general systems theory. Ontologies, Taxonomies and Thesauri in Systems Science and Systematics will be extremely useful to those operating within the network of related fields, which includes documentation and information science.

Key Features

  • Ontologies and Taxonomy
  • Knowledge classification Systems
  • Thesauri


Information professionals and information technologies professionals working in LIS, librarians and archivists working in research and services centers

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    List of figures




    About the author

    Chapter 1: From classifications to ontologies


    A new concept of knowledge

    Knowledge and information

    Knowledge organisation

    Knowledge organisation and representation

    Cognitive sciences

    Talent management

    Learning systematisation

    Historical evolution

    From classification to knowledge organisation

    Why ontologies exist


    The structure of ontologies


    Topics for discussion

    Chapter 2: Taxonomies and thesauri

    From ordering to taxonomy

    The origins of taxonomy

    Hierarchical and horizontal order

    Correlation with classifications

    Taxonomy in computer science

    Computing taxonomy


    Virtual taxonomy, cybernetic taxonomy

    Taxonomy in Information Science

    Similarities between taxonomies and thesauri

    Differences between taxonomies and thesauri

    Topics for discussion

    Chapter 3: Thesauri

    Terminology in classification systems

    Terminological languages


    Thesauri definitions

    Conditions that a thesaurus must fulfil

    Historical evolution

    Classes of thesauri

    Topics for discussion

    Chapter 4: Thesauri in (cladist) systematics


    Systematics as a noun

    Definitions and historic evolution over time

    Differences between taxonomy and systematics

    Systematics in thesaurus construction theory

    Classic, numerical and cladist systematics

    Classic systematics in information science

    Nuniversal hierarchical classifications

    Numerical systematics in information science

    Thesauri in cladist systematics

    Systematics in information technology

    Some examples

    Topics for discussion

    Chapter 5: Thesauri in systems theory

    Historical evolution

    Approach to systems

    Systems theory applied to the construction of thesauri


    Classes of system

    Peculiarities of these systems

    Working methods

    Systems theory applied to ontologies and taxonomies

    Topics for discussion

    Author index

    Subject index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 162
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: October 26, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780631752
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346128

About the Author

Emilia Currás

Dr. Emilia Currás is University Professor, researcher and an academic with a PhD. in Chemistry and LIS Certifications. She is owner of several honours, such as Fellow of Institute for Information Scientist; Decorated of Colombian Government; Prof. Kaula Gold Medal; Distinguished Woman from IBI (UK); Founder of SEDIC (Spanish Society for Information Science); ISKO-Spain Honorary President. She is an international lecturer, with invitations from Asian, American, European and Middle Eastern countries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universidad Académica, Spain

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