Re-classifying knowledge: moving from BIC to Thema | OAPEN – Online library of open access books

flavoursofopenscience's bookmarks 2024-02-08


by Ronald Snijder

As you may have seen in our newsletters, we at OAPEN & DOAB are moving from the BIC classification to the new Thema classification.

Why are we doing this? The subjects of the books and chapters in the OAPEN Library and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) are described in two ways: through keywords and a classification code. Keywords are flexible, but also language-dependent and unstructured. In contrast, a classification is independent of language and highly structured.

When OAPEN was launched in 2010, we chose to use the BIC classification, which was used by many – mostly UK based – publishers. However, the BIC classification was deprecated in February 2024, and is succeeded by the Thema classification.




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Date tagged:

02/08/2024, 10:52

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02/08/2024, 05:52