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The recent ISKO-UK conference considered the question of whether the traditional thesaurus has any place in modern information retrieval. This note is intended to continue in the spirit of that good-natured debate, arguing that there is indeed a role today and highlighting some recent work showing the continued relevance of the thesaurus, particularly in the linked data area. Key functionality that a thesaurus makes possible is discussed. A brief outline is provided of prominent work that employs thesauri in three key areas of infrastructure underpinning advanced retrieval functionality today: metadata enrichment, vocabulary mapping and web services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalKnowledge Organization
Volume43
Issue number3
StatePublished - 27 Apr 2016

    Research areas

  • Thesauri, Linked Data, thesaurus, Information Retrieval, Metadata, Subject Headings, Web Services

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