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Organization of knowledge in Ayurveda medical systems: an analytical approach

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C. K. Gamage

University of Colombo, LK
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Senior Assistant Librarian, Institute of Indigenous Medicine
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Organization of Knowledge is directly designated as a field of study related to library and information science. According to this, Organization of Knowledge, is mostly practiced in the domain of library and information science, and has been largely the province of the construction of tools for the storage and retrieval of documentary entities. Organizing helps to maintain the body of knowledge. There are different historical and theoretical approaches and theories regarding organizing knowledge. They are traditional approach, facet analytical approach, bibliometric approach and the domain of analytic approach etc. In this process, the generation of theory has moved from an epistemic stance of pragmatism to empiricism. Ayurveda the science of life has been treated as one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. There are two main objectives of this study, to explore the organizational patterns of knowledge in Ayurveda System of medicine and to explore specialties of organizational patterns used for knowledge in Ayurveda medicine. This research is based on the survey method. Two types of survey methods were employed i.e. literature survey and field survey. Major Ayurveda classics were used as primary sources of literature in this research. This study confirms that the Ayurveda system of medicine has a systematic, methodical pattern of knowledge organization. It is therefore can be concluded that the knowledge organization in Ayurveda medicine has been done, not based on any other system available elsewhere or at any other period, but on their own system particular to it and is therefore unique.
How to Cite: Gamage, C.K., 2020. Organization of knowledge in Ayurveda medical systems: an analytical approach. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 23(2), pp.71–88. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v23i2.8008
Published on 15 Sep 2020.
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