The Discipline of Organizing: Professional Edition
An Organizing System for Understanding Organizing (Professional Version)
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 560

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We organize things. We organize information, information about things, and information about information. Organizing is a fundamental issue in many professional fields, but these fields have only limited agreement in how they approach problems of organizing and in what they seek as their solutions.

The Discipline of Organizing synthesizes insights from library science, information science, computer science, cognitive science, systems analysis, business, and other disciplines to create an Organizing System for understanding organizing. This framework is robust and forward-looking, enabling effective sharing of insights and design patterns between disciplines that weren’t possible before.

The Professional Edition includes new and revised content about the active resources of the "Internet of Things," and how the field of Information Architecture can be viewed as a subset of the discipline of organizing. You’ll find:

  • 600 tagged endnotes that connect to one or more of the contributing disciplines
  • Nearly 60 new pictures and illustrations
  • Links to cross-references and external citations
  • Interactive study guides to test on key points

The Professional Edition is ideal for practitioners and as a primary or supplemental text for graduate courses on information organization, content and knowledge management, and digital collections.

FOR INSTRUCTORS: Supplemental materials (lecture notes, assignments, exams, etc.) are available at

FOR STUDENTS: Make sure this is the edition you want to buy. There's a newer one and maybe your instructor has adopted that one instead.

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