Media, Information and Technoculture 2200F/G Lecture Notes - Melvil Dewey, Dewey Decimal Classification, Paul Otlet

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Accessibility is supa important when it comes to information. If information were just about storage, it would be easy. But eventually we might want to make use of it, so we need to have a means of retrieving it. In order for this to happen, we have to organize this loose confederation of information that is useful and accessible to us. Information needs to be organized: the 3 orders of organization. Historical models of organization (a selective mix tape) Organizing rooms (socks go in one drawer, shirts in another) Cataloguing systems that facilitate searching for information and finding it. Dewey decimal system at library, card catalogue. Ability to transfer information through proximity and analogy. If you misspell a search term, you can still locate the info. you"re looking for plus associated content. Allows info to be catalogued in an infinite number of ways.