Indexing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843342922, 9781780633411


1st Edition

From Thesauri to the Semantic Web

Authors: Piet de Keyser
eBook ISBN: 9781780633411
Paperback ISBN: 9781843342922
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 10th September 2012
Page Count: 272
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Table of Contents

List of figures

List of abbreviations


About the author

Chapter 1: Introduction to subject headings and thesauri



Standards for controlled vocabularies

Precoordination and postcoordination

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

Subject headings


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



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


Chapter 3: Techniques applied in automatic indexing of text material



Lexical analysis

The use of stop word lists


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



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


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


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


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


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"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

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About the Authors

Piet de Keyser Author

Piet de Keyser is head librarian of the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, an institute for higher education in Louvain, Belgium. He published many articles on literary history, philosophy and library sciences. He teaches indexing in a Belgian Library and Information Sciences school.

Affiliations and Expertise

Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, Belgium