Comparative Classification Lab

The Comparative Classification Lab (Com-Class), based in the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS), focuses on the importance of knowledge organization (KO) structures (classifications, taxonomies, metadata, ontologies, standards, etc.) to the production and articulation of knowledge in multiple disciplines. By comparing different approaches, theories, and methods for classification, Com-Class broadens already-existing theory and literature in ILS and articulates a broader foundation for studying the organization of knowledge. Com-Class takes lessons learned from these inquiries and creates new, experimental systems that focus on the integration and synthesis of multiple information sources toward the design of more diverse and pluralistic systems catered to different cultures, communities, and institutions. Pedagogically, Com-Class supports the training and involvement of academics of all levels through research and programming on interdisciplinary projects.

Director: Robert Montoya

Affiliated Faculty include:
Ronald E. Day, Robert Montoya