DeweyBrowser provides visual interface to Dewey-organized collections

The OCLC Research DeweyBrowser prototype allows users to search and browse collections of library resources organized by the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).

The DeweyBrowser presents search results at three levels, corresponding to the main structure of the DDC. Users may browse for a term or drill down through the summaries by clicking on a category. Color coding indicates the number of related records under each category. Record lists display items in the lowest category, with links to online resources.

The interface provides the option of displaying the summaries in several languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish.

The DDC is the most widely used classification system in the world, built on sound principles that make it ideal as a general knowledge organization tool. Libraries have a substantial investment in Dewey, using it to organize a large number of collections. The DeweyBrowser can help users access these collections.

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Diane Vizine-Goetz
Consulting Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Bob Bolander
Communications & Programs Manager
OCLC Research