Description

Indexing consists of both novel and more traditional techniques. Cutting-edge indexing techniques, such as automatic indexing, ontologies, and topic maps, were developed independently of older techniques such as thesauri, but it is now recognized that these older methods also hold expertise.

Indexing describes various traditional and novel indexing techniques, giving information professionals and students of library and information sciences a broad and comprehensible introduction to indexing. This title consists of twelve chapters: an Introduction to subject readings and theasauri; Automatic indexing versus manual indexing; Techniques applied in automatic indexing of text material; Automatic indexing of images; The black art of indexing moving images; Automatic indexing of music; Taxonomies and ontologies; Metadata formats and indexing; Tagging; Topic maps; Indexing the web; and The Semantic Web.

Key Features

  • Makes difficult and complex techniques understandable
  • Contains may links to and illustrations from websites where new indexing techniques can be experienced
  • Provides references for further reading

Readership

Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of abbreviations

Preface

About the author

Chapter 1: Introduction to subject headings and thesauri

Abstract:

Introduction

Standards for controlled vocabularies

Precoordination and postcoordination

General do’s and don’ts in selecting index terms

Subject headings

Thesauri

Creating and maintaining a controlled vocabulary

How to find subject headings and thesauri

Thesaurus software

Multilingual thesauri

Interoperability between vocabularies

What makes a good indexing system?

Chapter 2: Automatic indexing versus manual indexing

Abstract:

Introduction

Arguments against manual indexing

Is indexing by the author or editor a valuable alternative?

Arguments in favour of manual indexing

Some misconceptions about automatic indexing

Conclusion

Chapter 3: Techniques applied in automatic indexing of text material

Abstract:

Introduction

Lexical analysis

The use of stop word lists

Stemming

Extracting meaningful word combinations

Index term weighting

Linking words and word combinations to a controlled vocabulary

Automatic classification

What can be expected of automatic text indexing?

Chapter 4: Automatic indexing of images

Abstract:

Introduction

Images on the Internet

Context-based indexing

Content-based indexing

Automatic image annotation

Mixed techniques

The purpose of it all

Chapter 5: The black art of indexing moving images

Abstract:

Manual indexing of moving images

Why index moving images automatically?

Indexing based on speech or text recognition

Keyframe indexing

The future of video indexing

Chapter 6: Automatic indexin

Details

No. of pages:
272
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9781780633411
Print ISBN:
9781843342939
Print ISBN:
9781843342922

About the author

Reviews

"The book is easy to read, well-structured and clearly set out, with liberal use of subheadings to aid navigation. Its content is concise and current…The book is a succinct overview, useful for students and information professionals new to this aspect of library and information work."--The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2014