Encyclopaedia Structure

Presenting terminology in a structure has implications. The structure carries meaning and a world view, which may be contested. Structure however aids navigation/discovery and the assertion of a structure and any resulting debate can be itself illuminating. The Encyclopaedia therefore has a hierarchical structure and welcomes comment on it below this page.

The three top terms of the Encyclopaedia

The Encyclopaedia structure has three top terms: Museum management, Collections management, and Documentation. It could be convincingly argued that Collections management and Documentation are sub terms of Museum management and even more fiercely argued whether Documentation is a sub term of Collections management, or vice versa, or that the two are in fact synonyms. That this encyclopaedia has been initiated by documentalists may reasonably be assumed to have influenced this current structural arrangement as a starting point.

There are also three more top-level pages which sit outside this core structure:
  1. A general reference page, with links to pages which either cut across the main divisions into which the Encyclopaedia is organised, or which provide lists of links and therefore quick access to many topics. In exists because it is meant to be useful, even if it undermines the more rigorous structure outlined above.
  2. A page which groups together instructions on how to use this wiki.
  3. A set of test pages which can be used to test how the wiki works.

The Hierarchical Structure of the Encyclopaedia




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