ClaM - A Classification Manager
Class kinds are used to make the role of a certain class explicit. Because ClaM supports the majority of functions to produce classifications both in electronic form as well as in printed bookform there is a need to make a difference in informationtype of for example a toplevel class, and a block-code. In some instances not all level of detail is required. It may be useful to have a 3 digit version of ICD next to the 4 digit version. By explicitly tagging information elements, in the export function subselections of the total corpus are easily made.
Sometimes it is necessary to display the class kind names in the text. Therefore in the Display box you can define that name in the local language.
Generally classifications are distributed without specific class kind assignments. The lower part of the edit form can help you assign a class kind to classes that have a specific pattern in their code. For example if you want to assign the class kind digit4 to the 4 digit level in ICD10, you first select (or make) the class kind digit4 in the upper edit field. Next fill-in A00.0 in the pattern field, and push the start button. Different classifications may need different strategies to most effectively make the assignments. This needs some experimenting. Our experience is that the bulk of the work can be done automatically. Some assignments unfortunately have to be made manually. For ICD10 this was the case with the assignment chapters.