DCC Briefing Paper: Genre Classification

Abbott, D. and Kim, Y. (2008) DCC Briefing Paper: Genre Classification. Technical Report. Digital Curation Centre.

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Genre classification is the process of grouping objects together based on defined similarities such as subject, format, style, or purpose. Genre classification as a means of managing information is already established in music (e.g. folk, blues, jazz) and text and is used, alongside topic classification, to organise materials in the commercial sector (the children's section of a bookshop) and intellectually (for example, in the Usenet newsgroup directory hierarchy). However, in the case of text, genre is not a well-defined notion (it is better defined in music and arts) and discussions over what exactly constitutes genre abound in the classification community. The characterisation of information using the notion of genre may not be as explicit in other forms of material but, nevertheless, it implicitly permeates the way we view and segment the information space surrounding us.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Abbott, Ms Daisy and Kim, Dr Yunhyong
Authors: Abbott, D., and Kim, Y.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Publisher:Digital Curation Centre
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Authors

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
374176National Digital Curation Centre (NDCC)Seamus RossJoint Information Systems Committee (JISC)NAK/JAB/NESC005HU - INFORMATION STUDIES