(confusion reigns over index vs. site map vs. A-Z vs. search) Locator is url (link) (BoB indexes can have multiple page numbers as locators) (unlike users of book indexes) (unlike in site maps and imposter indexes) (index is navigation tool)
Current students have no homepage or place on the site. Drives need for index.
Uses page names as terms Repeats hierarchy of site but does not organize information hierarchically by any other values (importance)
Usually generated automatically How can you tell? Telltale signs?
Simmons.edu email can get forwarded after graduation
Transcript of "Why Make a Web Index when You Have a Site Map?"
Enhancing Online Wayfinding @ Simmons The GLSIS website index project by Fran Keenan
web indexing issues <ul><li>Indexes have not become a web convention. </li></ul><ul><li>Web indexes have only one locator per term unlike book index </li></ul><ul><li>Users at times want to do something /perform a task not just find information. </li></ul><ul><li>Page titles are not index terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation pages do not need indexing. </li></ul>
GSLIS indexing issues <ul><li>Site within a site </li></ul><ul><li>Site has multiple audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Primary site audience is not current students </li></ul><ul><li>Site is very text-heavy </li></ul><ul><li>Many non substantive pages </li></ul><ul><li>Webmaster has limited authority to update and make changes </li></ul>
“ maps” to nowhere Mirrors site architecture. Not in alphabetical order. More like TOC than index.
imposter index Alphabetical order (A-Z). Browsing is disorienting. Uses page names as terms. No subject analysis. Few if any synonyms or xrefs.
True index Alphabetical order and browse-able. Index terms from subject analysis. Like topics grouped. Synonyms & xrefs & glosses.
Discoveries <ul><li>No GSLIS homepage except GSLIS admissions homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Job blog vs. New England JobLine </li></ul><ul><li>Dead ends and duplicate info </li></ul><ul><li>Abiding questions… </li></ul><ul><li>Will people find and use the GSLIS index? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it get updated? </li></ul>
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