Still quite popular after all those years: the continued relevance of the information retrieval thesaurus

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Abstract

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
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2016

Keywords

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

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