Martin H Frické

About Martin H Frické

Professor Martin Frické has spent the latter part of his career studying logic and librarianship, specifically the use of computers and symbolic logic to organize information. He has published a book and several articles on these topics (for example, on Faceted Classification). He has also published on Big Data and on the Knowledge Pyramid. More recently his interest has moved to blockchains, cryptotechnologies, and torrents, and to how these can be to used support ‘perfect librarianship’. This is librarianship where there is uncensorable, and universal, rapid delivery of authenticated unchangeable permanent documents (librarianship, which if carried through, would confine the nightmares of Orwell’s 1984 to fiction). He is a computer programmer and developer and has written many programs to assist with instruction (see, for example, http://SoftOption.Us), many of which are in use the world over. He teaches networking, human-computer interaction, logic, and web design, as well as the courses in organization of information, research methods and information ethics.

Research Interests

My main research at present is also with the organization of information objects, in particular what might be called 'logic and librarianship'. This is theoretical librarianship in a tradition that has a historical founder: the seventeenth century librarian, mathematician, philosopher, and diplomat, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

Selected Publications

Knowledge pyramid The DIKW hierarchy Encyclopedia of Knowledge Organization, 2018
‘Faceted classification, analysis and search: some questions on their interrelations’, Knowledge Organization, 2017, 44(6) pp.387-397
‘Logic and Librarianship’. In W. Babik, H. P. Ohly, & Karsten Weber (Eds.), Theorie, Semantik und Organisation von Wissen. 2016 (pp. 279-288). Würzburg: Ergon.
‘Logical Division’, Knowledge Organization, 2016, 43(7) pp.539-549.
Logical division Encyclopedia of Knowledge Organization, 2016
'Big Data and its epistemology', Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2015) 66(4) pp.651-661 published earlier online (2014) DOI: 10.1002/asi.23212 Draft Version
‘Facets: Ersatz, Resource, and Tag', Information Research, (2013) 18(3)
'Reflections on classification: Thomas Reid and bibliographic description', Journal of Documentation (2013) 69(4)  pp.507-522
Introduction to the Organization of Information, (2012) ISBN 978-0-473-22306-9
Research Methods for Library and Information Science Professionals,  (2012) ISBN 978-0-473-22172-0
Symbolization into Propositional and Predicate Logic. (2012) ISBN 978-0-473-22587-2
Trees for Logic: Propositional, Predicate, Identity, and Modal Trees,  (2012) ISBN 978-0-473-21899-7
'Best-path theorem proving: compiling derivations',  Chapter in Rationis Defensor: Essays in Honour of Colin Cheyne (2012) Springer ISBN-10: 9400739826
Logic and the Organization of Information, Springer (2012) ISBN 978-1-4614-3087-2
'Faceted Classification: Orthogonal Facets and Graphs of Foci?', Knowledge Organization (2011) 38:6: 491-502
'Classification, Facets, and Metaproperties', Journal of Information Architecture (2010) 2, 2: 43-65
'The Knowledge Pyramid: A Critique of the DIKW Hierarchy', Journal of Information Science. Oct 23 2008, doi:10.1177/0165551508094050 Also available Journal of Information Science. 35(2) 2009
(with Don Fallis, Marci Jones, and Gianna Luszko) ‘Consumer Health Information on the Internet about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’, American Journal of Medicine. 118:03 Feb. 2005.
(with Don Fallis) ‘Indicators of Accuracy for Answers to Ready Reference Questions on the Internet’, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2004, 55 pp. 238-245.
(with Don Fallis) 'Verifiable Health Information on the Internet.' Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 2002, 43(4) pp. 246-253
(with Kay Mathiesen and Don Fallis) 'The Ethical Presuppositions behind the Library Bill of Rights', Library Quarterly,2000, October

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Contact Information

Martin H Frické
Professor, School of Information; Director of Graduate Studies
Telephone: 621 3491


PhD, London School of Economics
MS, London School of Economics
BS, Otago, Computer Science
BA, Exeter, Philosophy

Courses Taught

Computer Science
Human Computer Interface
Information Ethics
Intelligent Systems
Organization of Information
Research Methods
Systems Theory
Theory and Transfer of Information
Website Design

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