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You Say Dog I Say Canine


I co-presented this at the 2009 Annual North Dakota Library Association Conference in Grand Forks.

I co-presented this at the 2009 Annual North Dakota Library Association Conference in Grand Forks.

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  • 1. You Say Dog, I Say Canine Designing a Thesaurus to Connect Your Users to Your Digital Content
  • 2. Overview • Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies • Creating a Thesaurus Step-by-Step • Planning and Maintenance • Tips to Jump Start Your Project • Resources & Future Directions
  • 3. 40% of search failures come from users and information providers using different terms
  • 4. Controlled Vocabularies (CV) List Synonym Ring Hierarchy Thesaurus
  • 5. List
  • 6. Synonym Ring dog mutt canine auto puppy pooch car motorcar automobile
  • 7. Hierarchy
  • 8. Thesaurus
  • 9. Welcome to Creating a Thesaurus THESAURUS Step-by-Step Please drive carefully, warily, heedfully, cautiously, 1. Generate Wordstock conscientiously, 2. Decide on Format, Choose thoughtfully through the village, community, Preferred Terms & Identify town, hamlet, Synonyms settlement. 3. Choose Hierarchies and Facets 4. Add Associative Relationships 5. Select Thesaurus Design and Display
  • 10. Step 1: Generate Wordstock
  • 11. Subject Experts Users Sources of Wordstock Your Publications Organization
  • 12. A Combined Approach Existing Thesauri Organizational terminology Bottom-Up Top-Down Search logs Publications Subject experts
  • 13. Exercise subjects names: place names, personal names, organization names format: physical material, size, color time: date, season
  • 14. Step 2: Decide on Format, Choose Preferred Terms & Identify Synonyms
  • 15. Exercise resolve synonyms capitalization, abbreviations, plurality, abstract concepts, compound terms
  • 16. Step 3: Choose Hierarchies and Facets
  • 17. Hierarchies to Broaden and Narrow
  • 18. Facets to Specify
  • 19. Exercise hierarchy – NT & BT facet
  • 20. Step 4: Add Associative Relationships
  • 21. Exercise Connect concepts using “See also” and RT
  • 22. Step 5: Select Thesaurus Design and Display Electronic Print External view Internal view Facets BT, NT, RT Topical Alphabetical Visual Textual
  • 23. You did it! But wait …
  • 24. You Will Notice Gaps
  • 25. Your Collection Will Grow
  • 26. The World Will Change
  • 27. Planning and Maintenance • Expect and plan for change • Collect suggestions • Systematically look for additions • Schedule time to address potential changes • Document your process
  • 28. Document It • Purpose • Content • Structure and format • Update process
  • 29. Tips to Jump Start Your Project Your resources • Why do you want a controlled vocabulary? Is a CV necessary? Are there alternative solutions? • Do you have the resources to develop and maintain a CV? Training, time, staff, software… • Are you prepared for future growth/additional terms?
  • 30. Tips to Jump Start Your Project Your content • What are your topics? Will the collection’s coverage change over time? • What sources can you use for wordstock? • What is the broadest level of vocabulary you could use for this project?
  • 31. Tips to Jump Start Your Project Your users • Who are the potential users of this collection? Do you need different entry terms for different audiences? • Who will be indexing materials and using the controlled vocabulary?
  • 32. Resources & Future Directions
  • 33. Questions? Aubrey Madler 701-777-6025 Maren Niemeier 701-777-8001