Semantic warrant: A pivotal concept for our field

Barbara H. Kwaśnik

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Through its focus on the semantic, rather than the syntactic axis of bibliographic classification systems, Beghtol's 1986 article on four perspectives of warrant provides us with a set of conceptual tools that can be used to understand, analyze, evaluate and design any knowledge-representation system. In this way warrant, as a concept, joins the ranks of relevance as a pivotal notion, offering a lens for contextualizing the meanings and uses to which ever-evolving classifications are put. With reference to examples, this paper concludes by invoking Beghtol's warrant as a means for systematically evaluating how legacy and emerging classification systems measure up to their mandates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-110
Number of pages5
JournalKnowledge Organization
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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