The iSchools website now has a “Resources” section that will contain a collection of free resources that should be of interest to faculty, students, and other iSchool stakeholders. The inaugural resource is The Discipline of Organizing, first published by MIT Press in 2013 and now in its 4thedition published by O’Reilly Media. The Discipline of Organizing (TDO) unifies concepts and methods from library and information science, informatics and computer science, cognitive science, linguistics, philosophy, business, law, and other fields.
The transdisciplinary breadth of The Discipline of Organizing has enabled it to be used as a primary or supplemental text in more than 50 schools (more than half of them iSchools) in 20 countries. It has been used for courses in Information Organization, Knowledge Management, Digital Collections, Information Architecture, Information Systems Design, Data Science, and other related fields.
O’Reilly Media has given us permission to make TDO freely downloadable at no cost under a Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License. Not only does this put the book closer to its primary users (instructors of iSchool courses), but we hope it sets an example of “open access” texts that the iSchools can curate for their members.
In addition to the complete text of all three versions of the latest edition of TDO, the resources collection contains nearly 100 case studies that apply TDO’s framework for designing or analyzing an organizing system. Most of the case studies were written by students as “mini term papers” to demonstrate their mastery of TDO, and they have proven useful as supplemental readings in many courses that use the book.
An editorial board headed by Bob Glushko and Vivien Petras is being assembled to manage the continued evolution of TDO as a useful resource for the iSchools community.
The iSchools may assemble an analogous editorial board to evaluate further submissions to the Resources collection to ensure their quality and relevance to the iSchools community.