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?