Cutter’s Rules for Dictionary Catalogue 1876
· It was Charles Ammi Cutter who first gave a generalised set of rules for subject indexing in his Rules for a Dictionary Catalogue (RDC) published in 1876.
· Cutter never used the term ‘indexing’; he used the term ‘cataloguing’.
Kaiser’s Systematic Indexing, 1911
· Developed by Julius Otto Kaiser
· It is a systematized alphabetical subject heading practice
· Kaiser was the first person who applied the idea of Cutter in indexing micro documents in the library of Tariff Commission as its librarian
· He categorized the component terms into two fundamental categories: (1) Concrete and (2) Process.
· Concrete refers to l Things, place and abstract terms, not signifying any action or process; e.g. gold, India, Physics, etc.
· Process refers to
*Mode of treatment of the subject by the author
*An action or process described in the document
*An adjective related to the concrete as component of the subject. In short, Kaiser’s achievements regarding subject indexing are:
· categorization of composite terms through classificatory approach for the first time;
· a general rule of order of precedence, i.e. the ‘process’ term should follow the ‘concrete’ term;
· definition of those terms, of which ‘process’ is identified properly, that is, he gave the characteristics of ‘process’ by which it can be identified properly;
· double entry system for a subject dealing with place/locality; and elaborate system of references.
· Developed by Dr. S. R. Ranganathan
· It is also called / known as “chain procedure”
· It is a method of deriving alphabetical subject entries from the chain of successive subdivisions of subjects needed to be indexed leading from general to specific level
· According to Ranganathan, chain indexing is a “procedure for deriving class index entry (i.e. subject index entry) which refers from a class to its class number in a more or less mechanical way.”
· The term ‘chain’ refers to a modulated sequence of subclasses or isolates
· devised by J. E. L. Farradane in 1950
· This indexing systems also known as the “System of Relational Analysis”
· Two or more isolates linked by relational operators
· Relational operators are special symbols which link the isolates to show how they are related and each operator is denoted by a slash and a special symbol having unique meaning
· Farradane’s marked improvement in the area of subject indexing was:
** analysis of relationship among terms;
** use of relational operators; and
** one to one relationship among analets.
Coates’s Subject Indexing
· Developed by E. J. Coates
· From the contributions of Cutter, Kaiser and Ranganathan, the concept of Term Significance was drawn
· Coates has developed the idea of Thing and Action like Kaiser’s Concrete and Process
PRECIS (PREserved Context Index System)
· Developed by Dereck Austin in 1974
· an alternative procedure for deriving subject headings and generating index entries for British National Bibliography (BNB) which since 1952, was following Chain Indexing.
· Syntax and Semantics of PRECIS
PRECIS consist of two inter-related sets of working procedures:
· The PRECIS is based on two principles
1. Principle of Context Dependency
2. Principle of One-to One Relationship
· to achieve the principle of context-dependency, Two-Line-Three-Partentry structure is followed in PRECIS
· Formats of PRECIS Index : There are three kinds of format in PRECIS:
1. Standard Format,
2. Inverted Format and
3. Predicate Transformation
COMPASS (Computer Aided Subject System)
· In 1990, it was decided to revise UKMARC and to replace PRECIS by a more simplified system of subject indexing As a resultComputer Aided Subject System (COMPASS) was introduced for BNB from 1991.
POPSI (POstulate-based Permuted Subject Indexing)
Developed by Dr G Bhattacharyya, 1984