What? Why did you ask that?: search terms and other confusions
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Pecha kucha presentation (20 slides for 20 seconds) made at UCL's Blue Sock Salon for early career researchers - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/intercultural-interaction/News/BlueSockSalon

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    What? Why did you ask that?: search terms and other confusions What? Why did you ask that?: search terms and other confusions Presentation Transcript

    • search terms and other confusions
      Anne Welsh
      Department of Information Studies
    • MEDIATED SEARCH
    • NOT *ALWAYS* A POSITIVE IMAGE
    • “Are you sure this thing understands apostrophes?”
    • WHAT THE LIBRARIAN SAW
      CONTROLLING THE [SEARCH] VOCABULARY
    • “I’m looking for information on types of weed”
    • “Are you a keen gardener?”
    • User interrogation for disambiguation
    • Argot / Homonyms
    • Synonyms
    • Synonyms
    • Catalogue rules, OK?
    • “Fuzzy” / Soft Terms
    • “What does she mean, it’s not on the Internet?”
    • The Internet is vast, with infinite relationships
    • SKOS attempts to map these
    • Who controls the web vocabulary?
      LCSH (above): FAMILY VIOLENCE (neutral tone)
      Feminist Library: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (political statement)
      Are we “victims” or “survivors” of violence?