This is the interim Speleological Subject Classification (SSC) scheme being
used by the UIS Informatics Commission (UISIC) to enable the categorisation
and grouping of cave and karst related data fields, pending the
introduction of a comprehensive UIS Speleological Subject Classification
[ SSC codes ] [ Field list ] [ UISIC ] [ UIS ]
In addition to the extensions included here, further subdivision of the topics will eventually be needed to cater in more detail for data fields used by scientific workers in the various aspects of speleological study. If other SSC schemes exist, then the data fields can be classified according to them also. Fields can also be given several classifications from the same scheme when necessary. If only one classification is allowed, and a field relates to several sub-classifications under the one parent, then the parent classification should be used.
Many fields could well take several classifications, but to simplify the Field List under discussion, only one has been chosen. The classification chosen has been based not on the entity the field belongs to, but on the main aspect that the field is describing. For example, the map field [Map controller person ID] has three subjects - maps, access to them, and it's actually an ID. However it has not been classified under maps (you already know it's related to maps), nor under identifications, but under the main aspect of the field, namely, access restrictions 6.3.
Note that the purpose of the scheme shown here is solely for classifying cave/karst-related data fields, although the notes related to bibliographic classification have been retained for completeness. Notes specific only to Fields or to Bibliography have been identified by F: or B: respectively.
Although the scheme shown has been arrived at by classifying over 500 cave/karst fields so far, it still has some areas of difficulty, and constructive comment or further suggestions are welcome.
To enable its continued use with data fields, the following simple rules should guide any further development of the SSC scheme: