A Study on Classification of Interdisciplinary Subjects in DDC

DDC의 학제적 주제 분류에 관한 연구

  • 김비연 (성균관대학교 한국사서교육원)
  • Received : 2011.01.17
  • Accepted : 2011.01.31
  • Published : 2011.02.28


As the boundaries between disciplines have been weakened and interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary subjects have increased, there is a limitation to express subjects with DDC. This study evaluates DDC instructions using interdisciplinary numbers and classifying more than one discipline through Delphi research. As a result, it is found that there is a need for defining separately 'interdisciplinary subjects' and 'multidisciplinary subjects', based on the level of integration among disciplines, and improving the instruction to maintain the consistency in assigning and filing classification numbers. It is also discussed that to enhance the symbols' power of expression, an analytic/synthetic method could be adopted.


DDC;Interdisciplinary Subjects;Multidisciplinary Subjects;Phase Relations


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