Classification Scheme for Tourism
The basics of classification scheme used in the special Library of Institute for Tourism were laid by Dr. Tomislav Hitrec more than twenty years ago. In his works from 1988, 1989 and 1991 he explained the need for the application of special classification scheme in tourism, which reflects its multidisciplinary nature and complexity that is not encountered in other scientific and professional research activities. Dr. Hitrec, scientist of exceptional erudition, has carried out a pioneering task forming a classification system based on his extensive professional experience and broad insight into many areas. The first version of Classification Scheme for Tourism (CST) was published in 1991.
The current version of CST contains 832 attributes which are hierarchically organized into 8 main topics; works that cannot be classified into one of the main topics are classified under the group Miscellanea. Geographical index is also an integral part of CST. Each topic is further elaborated in two sub-themes. The process of assigning CST attributes requires from the indexer to review the title, key words and abstract, and sometimes the whole work to choose CST attributes that best match the content / topic of the work. The number of CST attributes that are assigned to a particular document is not prescribed and can vary in the range from one to seven. The works are usually given four to five CST attributes, one of which is a geographical as required if it can be determined.