The Vartavan-Library system and Dewey’s are fundamentally different and even opposite.

Among the many critics which have been made of Melvil Dewey’s system are that:

1 - Every classification is often said to be a compromise between the aim of simplifying the task of the classifier versus simplifying the task of the user. In the case of the Dewey Classification it is the former that has been privileged for its foundation. It is hence not possible to access a subject without knowing precisely to which discipline it is attached. Moreover when a book is spread across two disciplines this difficulty is increased. Hence other research tools are used with Dewey's such as the KWIC (Key Word in Context). The Vartavan-Library is fundamentally different as it succeeds in easing the task of both the classifier AND the user. Hence it is not only opposite where the user is concerned, it is different in its structure. In practical terms this means that a researcher using a library organized with Dewey’s system needs to find the book (once the shelf number obtained) a wall chart and/or the help of a librarian. The same researcher using a library which adopted the Vartavan-Library system needs only to be explained once on his first visit in around 3 minutes (or read it) the philosophy of the classification - the details of which are explained in the licensed V-LIB document. Once explained any book searched should be directly retrieved with no wall chart (eventually a basic leaflet reminding the philosophy) or librarian help within a matter of minutes, the more often about the equivalent time taken to physically reach the requested shelf.

2 - A second criticism made against Dewey’s classification is that it reflects the state of mind of the time when it was created - i.e. 1876. Quite a long time ago in effect and it is stupefying that a classification made at the end of the nineteen century should still be in use - even if revised and expanded - as much occurred in science and the philosophy of science since then (to put it mildly). In fact the situation is made much worse by the fact that Dewey’s classification is not based on any philosophy. It in fact starts with generalities and subjects and is therafter divided in general categories as Dewey then saw them fit (see at the end of this page for the list). At best one can call it a “reasoned catalogue”, although the reasoning behind the sequencing of the ten divisions is from a philosophical point of view very superficial or even clearly erroneous (see the *note). It is again the reverse for the Vartavan-Library system which is based on a multi-layer philosophy for the classification of sciences and arts as FIRST defined in V-Frame and THEREAFTER adapted for a library system, i.e V-LIB. The V-Frame philosophy being based on an intellectual architecture natural to every human being (as explained in the licensed document), and one divided in far less than ten main divisions unlike Dewey’s is; hence much easier to use.

3 -  Dewey’s classification system is composed of ten main sections from (000 to 900) corresponding to Dewey’s idea of the great domains of knowledge, each divided in ten sections - hence 100 subdivisions - each of these subdivisions further subdivided in another 10 sub-sub divisions hence 1000 in total. In other words Dewey created a decimal pyramidal architecture and then crammed knowledge as best he could in it. Hence an array of empty classes like parking places awaiting new vehicles/knowledge domains. V-LIB, with the Vartavan-Frame on which it is based, is once fundamentally opposite, as it does not attempt to distribute knowledge in a predefined gigantic storage system, but left knowledge organize itself according to a predefined multi-parameters philosophy which is explained in the V-Frame/V-Library booklets. 


Dewey’s ten main divisions

(Note how computer science etc...was added ad-hoc at the top as this science did not exist in 1876 and until much later).

000 – Computer science, information and general works

100 – Philosophy and psychology

200 – Religion

300 – Social sciences

400 – Language

500 – Science (including mathematics)

600 – Technology and applied Science

700 – Arts and recreation

800 – Literature*

900 – History, geography, and biography

Note: Literature”for a start (classified as 800 in Dewey’s) is an art and no less a recreation than painting for example. So its classification as “Arts and recreation” (700) is surprising? Whereas History (900) is in fact also an art - despite having sometimes scientific dimensions. The latter is also true of geography, whereas “biography” is also an art and not a science. Etc...

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