IFLA Classification and Indexing Section’s December 2012 Newsletter is now available
The December 2012 issue of the Classification and Indexing Section Newsletter is now available and also contains a section on UDC news.
UDC as linked data
The Multilingual UDC Summary has been available as SKOS (XML/RDF) since November 2011. UDC Summary has over 2,500 UDC subdivisions including common auxiliaries (language, place, form, materials, properties etc.). UDC records in this selection contain notes, examples, references and are available in 48 languages.
In addition to the static export download, the UDC SKOS export is also available for browsing via an html interface which displays each UDC class as a single page with an option for language selection. Both the linked data browsing interface and a single download are available from the UDC linked data webpage. The mapping between UDC and SKOS classes is also available from the same page.
FID & UDC Archive news
On 2 October 2012, work started on the re-organization of the International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID) and UDC archive.
About the archive

Following the creation of the UDC Consortium in 1992, and the dissolution of the FID in 2000, records from the organization were packed into around 150 large cardboard boxes waiting for a permanent place.

The collection consists of:

  • around 250 archive folders from the FID with the organization's documentation and publications since its foundation in 1895 (then known as the International Institute of Bliography)
  • the archive of the UDC
  • the records of the FID Central Classification Committee
  • UDC revision records since the 1920s (around 60 metres of shelf space)
  • UDC editions in world languages since 1905 (around 30 metres of shelf space)

Once the entire collection is categorised we will start with a more detailed analysis of the material, its classification and processing. Cataloguing, classification and digitizing the collection will start in 2013, once we have a full overview of the size and content of the archive. There is no doubt that the part of the archive dealing with FID and its international work on documentation and bibliography will be valuable to many researchers in this field. A carefully maintained record of the UDC development, the early correspondence and discussion of the FID/CCC will certainly be a valuable source for researchers in the field of classification history.

International UDC Seminar 2013 "Classification & Visualization"
The next International UDC Seminar entitled "Classification & Visualization: Interfaces to Knowledge" will take place in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague, on 24-25 October 2013. This is the fourth in a series of International UDC Seminars devoted to advances in documentary classification research and their application in a networked environment.