Recently I wrote a paper on faceted classification (also known as faceted taxonomy). This paper focused on how to create a faceted taxonomy – not on how to search in a faceted taxonomy. Some of these resources are available for free on the web, so I thought I’d include them here for you:

Berners-Lee, T. (1998). What the semantic web can represent. Retrieved October 9, 2010, from

Denton, W. (2009). How to make a faceted classification and put it on the web. Retrieved October 9, 2010, from

Getty Trust. (2010). About the AAT. Retrieved October 11, 2010, from

Getty Trust. (2010). Art & architecture thesaurus online. Retrieved October 11, 2010, from

Louie, A., Washington, W., & Maddox, E. (2003, March). Using faceted classification to provide structure for information architecture. Paper presented at the Information Architecture Summit 2003, Portland, OR. Retrieved September 20, 2010, from

National Information Standards Organization. (2005). ANSI/NISO Z39.19: Guidelines for the construction, format, and management of monolingual thesauri. Retrieved September 12, 2010, from

Spiteri, L. (1998). A simplified model for facet analysis: Ranganathan 101. Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 23(1/2), 1-30.

W3C. SKOS. Retrieved October 11, 2010 from

If you can get your hands on it, Toni Peterson wrote an article called Developing a New Thesaurus for Art and Architecture in Library Trends, 1990. It’s an incredible look at how they built a huge faceted classification scheme.