Do indexing systems of bibliographic databases meet today’s user needs and expectations?
Nicolas Lalyre (Syngenta, Switzerland)
Gerhard Fischer (Syngenta, Switzerland)
The ever increasing complexity of search requests and volume of documents, the need for value-add information delivery and short timelines require appropriate indexing systems for effective information retrieval and evaluation. Indexing systems have been developed some decades ago and the question is if their development kept track to meet today’s needs and expectations. The increased use of full-text databases might be an alarming sign for bibliographic database producers to update their indexing systems.
Some indexing systems lack transparency as they are only disclosed in part or not at all which may hinder their usability and further development.