The Discipline of Organizing

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Robert J. Glushko

Jess Hemerly

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. 

The Discipline of Organizing (4th ed.)/ edited by Robert J. Glushko.
 p. cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-491-97061-4 (retail ebook)

ISBN 978-1-491-97061-4 (retail PDF ebook)

1. Information organization. 
2. Information resources management. 
3. Metadata. 
I. Glushko, Robert J., editor of compilation.
Z666.5.D57 2013
025—dc23                

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

2016-08-05

Revision History

 

2013-04-20

1st Edition (2013)

 

2013-09-20

2nd Printing (2014)

 

2014-09-01

2nd Edition (2014)

 

2015-08-10

3rd Edition (2015)

 

2016-08-05

4th Edition (2015)

Abstract

We organize things, we organize information, we organize information about things, and we organize information about information. But even though “organizing” is a fundamental and ubiquitous challenge, when we compare these activities their contrasts are more apparent than their commonalities. We propose to unify many perspectives about organizing with the concept of an Organizing System, defined as an intentionally arranged collection of resources and the interactions they support. Every Organizing System involves a collection of resources, a choice of properties or principles used to describe and arrange resources, and ways of supporting interactions with resources. By comparing and contrasting how these activities take place in different contexts and domains, we can identify patterns of organizing. We can create a discipline of organizing in a disciplined way.


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