Thoughts on Changing to KF Modified Classification

2Jul2014 at 2:34 pm (Cataloguing)

In a 2010 ‘digital white paper‘ released jointly by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Information Legal Technology Association (ILTA) there is a short article by Candace Fong (Royal Bank of Canada) who talks about moving from manual to online cataloguing processes to manage the RBC Law Group collection.

In this article she mentions her desire to have their library classified using KF Modified rather than the Dewey Decimal Classification:

“I also wanted to change the classification system from Dewey Decimal to KF Modified. Some of our Dewey Decimal call numbers were so lengthy that users would have difficulty remembering them, and it was very easy to shelve materials incorrectly. I did like the Dewey concept of grouping materials based on subject matter, but the classification system was not granular enough for a predominantly legal collection. Changing to KF Modified would make cataloging faster because we could replicate catalog information from the libraries of Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada and the Osgoode Hall Law School — both of which use KF Modified.”

Candace raises a couple of good points here:

Thanks to Candace for promoting KF Modified!

For a list of other libraries using KF Modified please see Links to Catalogues Using KF Modified.


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Recent KF Modified Committee Meeting

12Jun2014 at 2:34 pm (General) (, , )

The CALL/ACBD annual meeting in Winnipeg has come and gone and the KF Modified Committee business meeting was held on Sunday afternoon (May 25th).  It was a small group which included Susan Jones (University of New Brunswick), Alicia Loo (Supreme Court of Canada), Humayun Rashid (University of Toronto), Sarah Sutherland (CanLII) and myself.

I apologize for not distributing the agenda before the meeting.  You’ll find it below along with the notes and comments from the meeting.

If you have any thoughts on any of these agenda items please feel free to comment here are send me an email.

Have a good summer!

KF Business Meeting Notes

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Combined 3rd & 4th Quarter Updates

30Jan2014 at 11:10 am (Updates) ()

Hello everyone,

Just a short note to let you know that the KF Modified updates for the 3rd & 4th quarter are almost completed and I should have them done and off to CALL/ACBD by the end of the week.

In addition to the usual update these will include two enhancements to ‘Canadian Taxation’ and the ‘Law of Privacy.’  For more information on the KF Modified enhancement project see my post from earlier this month.

Feeling pretty warm in North York today at -7 C!  🙂


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Exploring the Linked Data Application of KF Modified Classification

13Jan2014 at 1:18 pm (General) (, , , )

ld-cyrstal-fade-croppedHello all.

Happy to report that Sarah Sutherland (CanLII) and I have been awarded a CALL/ACBD research grant to explore the application of linked data to the KF Modified classification scheme.

This project was inspired by the recent release of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) as linked data.  Providing KF Modified as linked data will open up opportunities for KF Modified to become a valuable tool for organizing common law legal resources on the semantic web.

Thanks to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries for their continued support of KF Modified!

Watch this blog for updates and progress reports!

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The KF Modified Enhancement Project

3Jan2014 at 10:12 am (Enhancements) (, , )

Our long serving KF Modified champion, Humayun Rashid, has written a wonderful article on the various expansion and enhancement projects that have been introduced to KF Modified since its inception.  “The KF Modified Enhancement Project: Evolution in a Digital Era” appears in vol. 38, no. 3/4 of the Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit.

This paper provides an historical overview and includes a number of examples from the classification schedule to illustrate the rational, principles and development of these enhancements.  Rashid describes the Project as an ongoing initiative that aims to provide “the best possible subject-oriented approach to researching and accessing materials emanating from all common law jurisdictions.” And he concludes that this ongoing work indicates that the “KF Modified classification is very much alive and well.” (p. 161)

Rashid also includes this invitation to the KF Modified user community:

“… the Editorial Board is open to all suggestions from users, and warmly welcomes new ideas or proposals for any potential projects.  The KF Modified user community is encouraged to submit their comments and ideas to the Chair, Subcommittee on Classification [Rashid] or KF Modified Committee [Tim] for consideration by the Editorial Board.”

I would add that suggestions can also be submitted through the KF Modified Blog.

Work on the third and fourth quarterly updates for KF Modified will begin shortly and recent enhancements to taxation law and privacy law will be incorporated.

All the best to all of you for the coming year!

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Report of the Sub-Committee on Classification

13Nov2013 at 1:18 pm (Enhancements) (, )

Rashid submitted this report to the CALL/ACBD executive on October 22nd, 2013.  He describes some of the recent expansions to the KF Modified schedule.

I meant to post it then but got sidetracked.  


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1st and 2nd Quarter Updates for 2013

22Jul2013 at 3:12 pm (Updates)

Hello all,

I hope you have all been enjoying your summer so far!

Just a quick update to let you know that the 1st and 2nd quarter updates have been completed and delivered to CALL/ACBD head office. You should be receiving your copy of the updates soon.


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KF Modified Committee Meeting at CALL/ACBD Conference

30Apr2013 at 10:31 am (General) (, )

Hello everyone,
Unfortunately I will not be attending the CALL/ACBD conference in Montreal and so will be unable to chair our upcoming meeting. However, Humayun Rashid has graciously agreed to fill in for me during my absence. Thank you Rashid!

The meeting is scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon (May 5) from 1:00pm until 3:00pm.

Here is the draft agenda:


Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to add.

Enjoy the conference!

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Class K is Now Available as Linked Data

14Apr2013 at 9:45 am (Classification) (, , )

Fantastic to learn that the Library of Congress has made class K of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) scheme available as linked data. Kevin Ford, from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress, made the announcement on Wednesday and noted that K is likely the “largest class” bringing over two million additional resources to the collection of data found at ID.LOC.GOV.

Like the other classification schemes available at ID.LOC.GOV the K class has been released as beta. The Library of Congress “encourage[s] the submission of use cases describing how users would like to utilize the LCC data” and look forward to “working out issues with the data.”

Tina Gheen, the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Law Library of Congress, talked about this linked data initiative last July and provides a nice overview that demonstrates the potential value of making LCC part of the Web. She also wrote about some of the challenges that come with expressing class K as linked data:

“… as any legal cataloger will tell you, Class K is full of all kinds of interesting tables needed to create a complete classification number. All these tables will need to be extrapolated into linked data as well. Semantic experts at LC have already devised a way to generate URIs and resources for the schedules and tables needed to create a classification number for the smaller classes like B and N. But duplicating that process for Class K is going to require a different level of processing power entirely. Can you feel that heat? It’s our poor servers endlessly churning away at the mountains of data and relationships buried in Class K!”

Such a great initiative and a perfect opportunity to see how we can use this to create a linked data version of KF Modified!

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KF3821-3825 Missing in Last Update

17May2012 at 3:12 pm (Updates)

I just received a report that the section on Medical legislation from KF3821 to KF3825 was inadvertantly left out in the last update to KF Modified. A great big thank you to Lily Mac at Gowlings who noticed this and let me know.

A correction will be included with the 2012 1st quarter update which should reach you soon.

In the meantime, here is the missing section in question:

Sorry for the confusion.

Happy cataloguing!

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