decimal system of classification

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Noun1.decimal system of classification - a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
classification system - a system for classifying things
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Such efforts also were funded by a search for a universal language (Esperanto), cataloging innovations such as the Melvil Dewey decimal system of classification, the creation in Brussels in 1895 of an Institut international de bibliographie (IIB), and the formation of international institutes and societies for geodesy, astronomy, chemistry, et cetera.
Librarians may remember that Melvil Dewey's inspiration for creating his decimal system of classification happened while he was in church.
He was responsible for introducing the Dewey decimal system of classification, firstly in the Lending Library in 1899 and then in the Reference Library over 1910-15.