Outcomes and prototype

FAT-HUM Classification

Faceted classification created for the FATKS project serves to test and demonstrate the method of facet analysis in the field of humanities and consists of the three distinct but closely interconnected classifications of concepts:

  • broad classification representing the universe of knowledge: sciences, established disciplines and subjects
  • more detailed faceted classification tested in two areas of humanities: religion and visual arts
  • classification of generally applicable concepts (common auxiliaries)

Each of these three areas may be further independently developed. For the purpose of this project broad classification is kept to a minimum – around 300 classes. Humanities are represented with: one fully developed area (religion, 2200 classes) and one area developed to a level of 500 classes (visual arts). Classification of generally applicable concepts contains 9 facets with over 3000 classes. See macrostructure diagram of FAT-HUM classification system

The model of FAT-HUM stems from three faceted/anlythico-synthetic classification systems. It incorporates and implements the best features from the following systems:

  • Bliss Bibliographic Classification 2 (
    (features implemented in FAT-HUM are: knowledge structure model, facet analysis, facet citation order)
  • Universal Decimal Classification (
    features implemented in FAT-HUM are: some of the synthetic rules, model of expressive decimal notation/facet indicators and model of common auxiliaries
  • Broad System of Ordering (
    features implementedin FAT-HUM: broad general knowledge classification

See more about macro and micro classification structure, syntax rules and notation of FAT-HUM classification


Broad Classification schedule

This is a broad genereal knowledge classification that contains around 300 classes and serves as a basic structure of disciplines to which faceted classification for humanities is linked. If necessary it can be further expanded using the Broad System of Ordering classification which is freely available at or Bliss Bibliographic Classification 2.

First outline
Broad Classification complete schedules (HTML)
(Plain text)

Generally applicable concepts

The concepts that are generally applicable throughout the classification are structured as ‘external’ vocabulary facets and kept as separate classification schedules called Common auxiliaries. In order to function, a faceted classification for humanities needs to relate to the concepts that are not particular to humanities only (e.g. place, time, persons etc.). In developping classification of ‘historical sciences’ or ‘literature’, for instance, it is important to have a well developed classification of place, time and language. For the purpose of this research project a test vocabulary compiled from the BC2 and Universal Decimal Classification was created. These schedules represent a framework and methodology to follow in further vocabulary development and not final classification product as such.

Number of basic classes introduced
(T…) Processes
(M…) Properties 726
(L…) Materials 152
(K…) Persons 255
(F…) Time 733
(E…) Ethnic grouping. Race 32
(D…) Place 773
(B…) Form 437
(A…) Languages 1365


Humanities in FAT classification


The faceted classification of Religion and theology is created by Vanda Broughton.

The full classification schedules of religion, with scope notes, examples of combinations and references takes over 5000 lines of text. This is the reason why only the notations and their simple descriptions are shown here.


The Arts

The faceted classification of The Arts is created by Vanda Broughton.

The Arts – outline
The Arts developed schedules (plain text) (HTML)