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Universal Decimal Classification at the ETH-Bibliothek Zürich - a Swiss perspective

The paper describes the use of Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) in the library of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH-Zürich). The author explains characteristics of a subject authority index, the NEBIS Subject Index (NSI), through which the UDC is implemented for indexing and searching. The ETH library has
been using the UDC for the past twenty-five years and most users hardly ever noticed the classification. A query in today's NEBIS-OPAC (formerly called ETHICS) is based on a verbal search with descriptors in German, English and French, and corresponding related search-terms. A single UDC number, linked to these descriptors, connects them to the related document-titles, regardless of the language. Thus the user actually works with the UDC, without realizing it. This paper describes the experience with this OPAC and the work behind it.
Date January 2007
CreatorsPika, Jiri
ContributorsCordeiro, Maria Inês
PublisherUDC Consortium
Source SetsUniversity of Arizona
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeConference Paper

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