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.
- 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
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
Creating and maintaining a controlled vocabulary
How to find subject headings and 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
The use of stop word lists
Extracting meaningful word combinations
Index term weighting
Linking words and word combinations to a controlled vocabulary
What can be expected of automatic text indexing?
Chapter 4: Automatic indexing of images
Images on the Internet
Automatic image annotation
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
The future of video indexing
Chapter 6: Automatic indexin
"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