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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.

  • 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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. Preface
  8. About the author
  9. Chapter 1: Introduction to subject headings and thesauri
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Standards for controlled vocabularies
    4. Precoordination and postcoordination
    5. General do’s and don’ts in selecting index terms
    6. Subject headings
    7. Thesauri
    8. Creating and maintaining a controlled vocabulary
    9. How to find subject headings and thesauri
    10. Thesaurus software
    11. Multilingual thesauri
    12. Interoperability between vocabularies
    13. What makes a good indexing system?
  10. Chapter 2: Automatic indexing versus manual indexing
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Arguments against manual indexing
    4. Is indexing by the author or editor a valuable alternative?
    5. Arguments in favour of manual indexing
    6. Some misconceptions about automatic indexing
    7. Conclusion
  11. Chapter 3: Techniques applied in automatic indexing of text material
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Lexical analysis
    4. The use of stop word lists
    5. Stemming
    6. Extracting meaningful word combinations
    7. Index term weighting
    8. Linking words and word combinations to a controlled vocabulary
    9. Automatic classification
    10. What can be expected of automatic text indexing?
  12. Chapter 4: Automatic indexing of images
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Images on the Internet
    4. Context-based indexing
    5. Content-based indexing
    6. Automatic image annotation
    7. Mixed techniques
    8. The purpose of it all
  13. Chapter 5: The black art of indexing moving images
    1. Abstract:
    2. Manual indexing of moving images
    3. Why index moving images automatically?
    4. Indexing based on speech or text recognition
    5. Keyframe indexing
    6. The future of video indexing
  14. Chapter 6: Automatic indexing of music
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Some examples of music retrieval
    4. Indexing methods behind the retrieval
  15. Chapter 7: Taxonomies and ontologies
    1. Abstract:
    2. The librarian’s strained relation to taxonomies and ontologies
    3. What are taxonomies and what are they used for?
    4. Ontologies
    5. The importance of taxonomies and ontologies
  16. Chapter 8: Metadata formats and indexing
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. What are metadata?
    4. Metadata and the library world
    5. Some important metadata standards
    6. Bridges between standards
    7. The benefits of metadata standards
    8. What about indexing?
  17. Chapter 9: Tagging
    1. Abstract:
    2. What is tagging?
    3. Why tagging?
    4. Advantages and disadvantages of tagging
    5. Towards a taxonomy of tagging
    6. Tagging in the book and library world
    7. User tags and author keywords
    8. How tags are displayed
    9. Conclusions
  18. Chapter 10: Topic Maps
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. The TAO model of Topic Maps
    4. The technical side of Topic Maps
    5. Examples of Topic Maps
    6. Are Topic Maps the future of indexing?
  19. Chapter 11: Indexing the web
    1. Abstract:
    2. Is it possible to index the web?
    3. Manual web indexes
    4. Bookmark sites
    5. Evaluation of manual web indexing
    6. Web indexing by search engines
    7. How search engines work
    8. Google’s PageRank
    9. What about indexing the ‘deep web’?
  20. Chapter 12: The Semantic Web
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. The criticism against the actual web
    4. Planning Web 3.0
    5. A timetable for the Semantic Web
    6. The Semantic Web and traditional library instruments
  21. Index