You Say Dog I Say Canine

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

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You Say Dog I Say Canine

  1. 1. You Say Dog, I Say Canine Designing a Thesaurus to Connect Your Users to Your Digital Content
  2. 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. 3. 40% of search failures come from users and information providers using different terms
  4. 4. Controlled Vocabularies (CV) List Synonym Ring Hierarchy Thesaurus
  5. 5. List
  6. 6. Synonym Ring dog mutt canine auto puppy pooch car motorcar automobile
  7. 7. Hierarchy
  8. 8. Thesaurus
  9. 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. 10. Step 1: Generate Wordstock
  11. 11. Subject Experts Users Sources of Wordstock Your Publications Organization
  12. 12. A Combined Approach Existing Thesauri Organizational terminology Bottom-Up Top-Down Search logs Publications Subject experts
  13. 13. Exercise subjects names: place names, personal names, organization names format: physical material, size, color time: date, season
  14. 14. Step 2: Decide on Format, Choose Preferred Terms & Identify Synonyms
  15. 15. Exercise resolve synonyms capitalization, abbreviations, plurality, abstract concepts, compound terms
  16. 16. Step 3: Choose Hierarchies and Facets
  17. 17. Hierarchies to Broaden and Narrow
  18. 18. Facets to Specify
  19. 19. Exercise hierarchy – NT & BT facet
  20. 20. Step 4: Add Associative Relationships
  21. 21. Exercise Connect concepts using “See also” and RT
  22. 22. Step 5: Select Thesaurus Design and Display Electronic Print External view Internal view Facets BT, NT, RT Topical Alphabetical Visual Textual
  23. 23. You did it! But wait …
  24. 24. You Will Notice Gaps
  25. 25. Your Collection Will Grow
  26. 26. The World Will Change
  27. 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. 28. Document It • Purpose • Content • Structure and format • Update process
  29. 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. 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. 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. 32. Resources & Future Directions
  33. 33. Questions? Aubrey Madler aubrey.madler@med.und.edu 701-777-6025 Maren Niemeier maren.niemeier@med.und.edu 701-777-8001

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