A common critique of the World Wide Web (WWW) and the Internet in general is that
while there are numerable and usefulness information resources that are
accessible, identification of these resources is not as efficient and effective as many
We believe that the application of a well-established system for organizing
other types of information sources - the Library of Congress Classification
- offers the context and structure which can facilitate identification of
relevant WWW and other Internet resources. The Schedules denote not only subject coverage
and content, but information format and conceptual relationships as well.
There were several sites, individuals and other prototypes that had a direct influence
on the creation of the CyberStacks(sm) service. We benefited from a series
of listserv and newsgroup discussions relating to the general issue of
organizing Internet resources during April 1995 and summer 1994. Many of the
issues raised in these discussions were coincidentially considered by
Britten in his excellent review paper on building and organizing Internet collections prepared for the 1994 Charleston
Conference (Britten, 1995: 243-249).
The listserv and newsgroup discussions and comments that focused on the use of the Library of Congress classification
scheme, as well as addresses and description provided for specific sites,
greatly influenced the development of the original idea. The Engineering
Electronic Library, Sweden (EELS) project was a major influence, as was the OCLC Internet Cataloging Project
and its demonstration database.
project, the feasibility project of the British Library to
investigate the technical, organizational and financial requirements to
enable the cataloging, classification and retrieval of documents and other
networks, had a general, indirect, influence.
Of special note is a initial
prototype that was created by staff affiliated with
MountainNet, Inc. We sincerely appreciate their continued interest and support
for the original concept discussed in various electronic forums in Spring
More recent influences include CyberDewey, a guide to Internet resources using
Dewey Decimal Classification codes, established and maintained by David A.
Mundie, Tartan Inc., and various existing or planned Internet resource management
projects undertaken by various universities, agencies and societies underway in the
William A. Britten, "Building and organizing Internet collections," Library
acquisitions: practice and theory 19(2): 243-249 (July 1995).