The social life of categories : an empirical study of term categorization

Lamp, John W. and Milton, Simon K. 2012, The social life of categories : an empirical study of term categorization, Applied ontology, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 449-470.

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Title The social life of categories : an empirical study of term categorization
Author(s) Lamp, John W.ORCID iD for Lamp, John W.
Milton, Simon K.
Journal name Applied ontology
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 449
End page 470
Total pages 22
Publisher IOS Press
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1570-5838
Keyword(s) Term categorization
Roman Ingarden
social learning cycle
literary warrant
Summary Most classification schemes in common use are actually categorization schemes which fall somewhere on a continuum between unstructured, uncontrolled lists of terms and formal classifications. Over time, terms change meaning and acquire new definitions. This paper presents the results of an approach that used the librarianship principle of consensus to form categories of terms and to relate those categories using a domain reference group. Boisot's Social Learning Cycle (SLC) was then used as a model with which to explain category variations. The single study undertaken in this investigation demonstrated the value of the SLC for explaining the variations between reference group members, and showed the potential for explaining category changes over time. This identifies areas in which consensus is breaking down or emerging, allowing for focused maintenance of categorical schemes.
Language eng
Field of Research 080611 Information Systems Theory
Socio Economic Objective 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2012
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