Knowledge Mapping Research

Knowledge Mapping Research is an umbrella name for Dr. Chaim Zins' projects and publications.

Current Projects

• 10 Pillars of Knowledge (10PK) is a systematic map of human knowledge. The mapping is based on theoretical foundations and a scientific study that analyzed 10,000 terms. The map was translated into 11 languages: Chinese (Wu Yishan), English, French (Hermine Diebolt) HebrewJapaneseNepali, Polish, PortugueseRomanian, Serbian, and Spanish. The vision of the project is stated here. The core parts of the project are: Map of Human KnowledgeKnowledge Tree, and Overview & Rationale

Thoughts are thoughts on the human condition and the world we live in.

Other Projects

Knowledge Map of Information Science is a scientific project that maps the field of information science. The research was funded by a research grant from the Israel Science Foundations. 57 leading scholars from 16 countries participated in the study. The study resulted in 5 articles (see bellow).

 Library Classification Systems wsa conducted with Prof. Placida Santos, at UNESP, Brazil. It mapped and evaluated the knowledge covered by the three leading library classification systems, the Library of Congress Classification, the Dewey Decimal Classification, and the Universal Decimal Classification. The study resulted in an article.

• Library and Information Science Education is a Critical Delphi study, conducted with Prof. Placida Santos. The study resulted in 2 articles.

Critical Delphi is a scientific method for conducting in-depth critical discussions among experts on social, ideological, philosophical, and professional issues in all fields. The Critical Delphi research methodology has been developed by Chaim Zins in a series of interdisciplinary studies.  

• Judaism: Essence & Content (Hebrew) is a mapping project based on a Critical Delphi study with 54 leading scholars. The project focuses on core issues of Jewish identity; among them: 'who is a Jew?,' 'what is Judaism?,' and 'knowledge map of Judaism.'   

• Conceptions of Digital Humanities is a position paper presented at the Cologne Dialogue on Digital Humanities 2012.

Selected Publications

  1. Zins, C., & Santos (2016). Content Selection in Undergraduate LIS Education. In: Kelly, M. & Bielby, J. Information Cultures in the Digital Age: A Festschrift in Honour of Rafael Capurro, p. 427-53.
  2. Zins, C., & Santos, P. L. V. A. C., (2015). Brazilian model of library and information studies in the Bachelor’s level. Informação & Sociedade: Estudos, João Pessoa, 25(3), 185-203.
  3. Zins, C. (2011). 10 pillars of knowledge. Knowledge Mapping Research, Jerusalem. ISBN: 978-965-91740-0-3.
  4. Zins, C. and Santos, L.V.A.C. P. (2011). Mapping the knowledge covered by library classification systems. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(5), 877-901.
  5. Zins, C. (2009). 10 pillars of knowledge: Map of human knowledge. In G.M. Braga &, L.V.R. Pinheiro, Desafios do impresso ao digital: Questões contemporâneas de informação e conhecimento [Challenges of the digital print: contemporary issues of information and knowledge]. (pp. 169–176). Brasília, Brasil: IBICT
  6. Zins, C., Debons, A., Beghtol, C., Buckland, M., Davis, C.H., Dodig-Crnkovic, G., Dragulanescu, N., Harmon, G., Kraft, D.H., Poli, R., and Smiraglia, R.P. (2007). Knowledge map of information science: Implications for the future of the field. Brazilian Journal of Information Science and Technology, 1(1), 3-29.
  7. Zins, C. (2007). Classification schemes of information science: 28 scholars map the field, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(5), 645-672.
  8. Zins, C. (2007). Knowledge map of information science. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(4), 526-535.
  9. Zins, C. (2007). Conceptual approaches for defining data, information, and knowledge. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 58(4), 479-493.
  10. Zins, C. (2007). Conceptions of information science. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and technology, 58(3), 335-350.
  11. Zins, C. (2006). Redefining information science: From information science to knowledge science. Journal of Documentation, 62(4), 447-461.
  12. Zins, C., (2004). Knowledge mapping: An epistemological perspective. Knowledge Organization, 31(1), 49-54.
  13. Zins, C. and Guttman, D. (2003). Domain analysis of social work: An empirical investigation. Knowledge Organization, 30(3/4), 196-212.
  14. Zins, C. (2002). Models for classifying internet resources, Knowledge Organization, 29(1), 20-28.
  15. Zins, C. (2002). Knowledge outline of Jewish education: A model for design the field.
    In Cohen, B., & Ofek, A. (eds.), Essays in education and Judaism in honor of Joseph Lukinsky, New York: Jewish Theological Seminary Press.
  16. Zins, C. (2001). Defining human services. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 28(1), 3-21.
  17. Guttmann D. and Zins, C. (2000). Subject classification in Logotherapy: A model for information system and knowledge outline development, Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, 1 (1-2), 91-116
  18. Zins, C. & Guttmann D., (2000). Structuring web bibliographic resources: An exemplary subject classification scheme,Knowledge Organization, 27(3), 143-159
  19. Zins, C. (2000). Success, a structured search strategy: Rationale, principles and implications. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 51(13), 1232-1247.
  20. Zins, C. (1999). Issues and considerations for designing human services studies in Israel. Social Security: Journal of Welfare and Social Security Studies, 55, 83-101 (Hebrew).

Chaim Zins

Chaim Zins is a scholar, an educator, and a conceptual artist. Dr. Chaim Zins is an information scientist, specializing in knowledge mapping; among his main research projects: 10 Pillars of Knowledge, Knowledge Map of Information Science, Knowledge Map of Judaism (Hebrew), and the Critical Delphi research methodology.

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Last update: 2019