INTERNATIONAL UDC SEMINAR 2007: Information Access for the Global Community

The Hague, 4-5 June 2007

A two day International Seminar on the UDC, organized by the UDC Consortium, was held at the UDC Headquarters in The Hague, 4-5 June 2007. The event's aim was to explore the latest developments and applications of the Universal Decimal Classification. The Seminar brought together UDC publishers, editors of the scheme and UDC users and offered an opportunity for information exchange and discussion of future developments.

There were around seventy participants from over thirty countries including librarians, subject specialists, editors of national editions of the scheme, university lecturers, researchers and LIS students.

The conference programme included eleven invited talks on the topics of user experiences and applications, innovative approaches in UDC use and UDC education and training (see the Programme). Papers were published in the November 2007 issue of Extensions and Corrections to the UDC (EC29). The UDC Consortium chairman Alan Hopkinson and the UDC Editor in Chief Maria InÍs Cordeiro invited users to increase their input to the development of the scheme and announced a newly formed international editorial team and a new editorial system that will support the online collaborative input of such a team of UDC revision experts. During 2007, the UDC MRF file will be moved to a new database with extended functionality, including improved and more diversified UDC products which will be derived from it.

The UDC Consortium announced that this successful seminar would be the first in the series of similar events it plans to organize in the future.

Programme

 

SESSION 1 – WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

  • Perry Moree, Director of Finance and Operations, The National Library of The Netherlands
    Welcoming Address
  • Patricia Alkhoven, UDCC Director, The Netherlands
    Opening of the Seminar
  • Maria Inês Cordeiro, UDC Editor-in-Chief, Portugal
    Introduction to the UDC editorial agenda
    [Presentation]
  • Claudio Gnoli, University of Pavia Mathematics Department, Italy
    Progress in synthetic classification: towards unique definition of concepts
    [Presentation] [Paper]
  • Wouter Schallier, Biomedische Bibliotheek, Leuven, Belgium
    Why organize information if you can find it? UDC and libraries in an Internet world
    [Presentation] [Paper]
 

SESSION 2 – USER EXPERIENCES & APPLICATIONS

  • Maria Balikova, National Library of the Czech Republic
    UDC in Czechia
    [Presentation] [Paper]
  • Jiri Pika, ETH-Bibliothek, Zürich, Switzerland
    Universal Decimal Classification at the ETH-Bibliothek Zurich - a Swiss perspective
    [Presentation] [Paper]
  • Darija Rozman and Boris Rifl, National University Library Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Universal Decimal Classification in Slovenia
    [Presentation] [Paper]
 

SESSION 3  -  UDC PUBLISHERS & PRODUCTS

  • BSI, British Standards Institution, United Kingdom
    [Presentation]
  • AENOR, Spain
    [Presentation ]
  • UDCC, Universal Decimal Classification Consortium, The Netherlands
 

SESSION 4  -  UDC EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Victoria Francu, Biblioteca Centrala Universitara Bucuresti, Romania
    Does convenience trump accuracy? - the avatars of the UDC in Romania
    [Presentation] [Paper]
  • Ágnes Hajdu Barát, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Szeged, Hungary
    Multilevel education, training, traditions and research in Hungary
    [Presentation] [Paper]
  • Rosa San Segundo Manuel, Departamento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Universidad Carlos III,  Madrid, Spain
    The use of the UDC in Spain, and related issues of education, training and research
    [Presentation] [Paper]
 

SESSION 5  -  UDC PROSPECTS & INNOVATIVE USAGES

  • Erik Jan van der Linden, Magna View, The Netherlands
    Visualization of UDC
    [Presentation] [Paper]
  • Antoine Isaac, STITCH (Semantic Interoperability To access Cultural Heritage, Catch Program)
    Aligning thesauri for an integrated access to Cultural Heritage Resources
    [Presentation] [Paper]
  • Miguel Benito, Högskolan i Borå, Sweden
    Better consistency of the UDC system moving medicine from section 61 to section 4
    [Presentation] [Paper]
 

SESSION 6 – UDC FUTURE DIRECTIONS: DISCUSSION PANEL

I.C. McIlwaine, Alan Hopkinson, Maria Inês Cordeiro, Gerhard Riesthuis

Brief presentation of strategic directions of UDCC, prospects of future UDC revision work and MRF maintenance and services, followed by discussion

 
Conference wrap up and close
Concluding remarks by I.C. McIlwaine