Sunday, 23 December 2012

Everything is Miscellaneous

David Weinberger's book is dedicated "To the Librarians" and will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in information and how the digital revolution challenges the traditional understanding of categorisation and cataloguing. The author employs an easy to read style (he even throws in a couple of jokes per chapter - laugh out loud ones, at that!) and at just 233 pages (excluding notes) it is suitable for the general reader - like me.


  • First order organisation (the physical task of ordering objects - placing books on a shelf, clothes in a drawer, second order organisation (creating a card catalogue to find the physical location of your collection) and third order organisation (digital organisation which removes the physical limitations of second order organisation).
  • Melvil Dewey - the creation and current challenges of the Dewey Decimal system.
  • Digital order - tagging.
  • The internet and citizen control of knowledge.
The prologue and first chapter are available to read for free on the book's website, which also features interesting discussions about the issues raised in the text.

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