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You Say Dog, I Say Canine Designing a Thesaurus to Connect Your Users to Your Digital Content

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I co-presented this at the 2009 Annual North Dakota Library Association Conference in Grand Forks.

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You Say Dog, I Say Canine

Designing a Thesaurus to Connect

Your Users to Your Digital Content

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Overview

• Introduction to Controlled

Vocabularies

• Creating a Thesaurus

Step-by-Step

• Planning and Maintenance

• Tips to Jump Start Your Project

• Resources & Future Directions

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40% of search failures come

from users and information

providers using different terms

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List

Synonym Ring

Hierarchy

Thesaurus

Controlled Vocabularies (CV)

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List

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Synonym Ring

dog

canine

pooch puppy

mutt

car

auto

automobile motorcar

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Hierarchy

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Thesaurus

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Creating a Thesaurus

Step-by-Step

1. Generate Wordstock

2. Decide on Format, Choose

Preferred Terms & Identify

Synonyms

3. Choose Hierarchies and Facets

4. Add Associative Relationships

5. Select Thesaurus Design and

Display

Welcome to

THESAURUS Please drive carefully,

warily, heedfully,

cautiously,

conscientiously,

thoughtfully through the

village, community,

town, hamlet,

settlement.

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Step 1: Generate Wordstock

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Publications Your

Organization

Subject Experts

Users

Sources of

Wordstock

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A Combined Approach

Existing Thesauri

Organizational

terminology

Top-Down

Bottom-Up

Search logs

Publications

Subject experts

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Exercise

subjects

names: place names, personal

names, organization names

format: physical material, size, color

time: date, season

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Step 2: Decide on Format,

Choose Preferred Terms & Identify

Synonyms

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Exercise

resolve synonyms

capitalization, abbreviations,

plurality, abstract concepts,

compound terms

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Step 3: Choose Hierarchies and Facets

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Hierarchies to Broaden and Narrow

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Facets to Specify

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hierarchy – NT & BT

facet

Exercise

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Step 4: Add Associative

Relationships

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Exercise

Connect concepts using

“See also” and RT

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Step 5:

Select Thesaurus

Design and Display

Print

Internal view

BT, NT, RT

Alphabetical

Textual

Electronic

External view

Facets

Topical

Visual

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You did it! But wait …

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You Will Notice Gaps

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Your Collection Will Grow

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The World Will Change

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Planning and Maintenance

• Expect and plan for change

• Collect suggestions

• Systematically look for

additions

• Schedule time to address

potential changes

• Document your process

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Document It

• Purpose

• Content

• Structure and format

• Update process

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Tips to Jump Start Your Project

Your resources

• Why do you want a controlled

vocabulary? Is a CV necessary? Are

there alternative solutions?

• Do you have the resources to develop

and maintain a CV? Training, time,

staff, software…

• Are you prepared for future

growth/additional terms?

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Tips to Jump Start Your Project

Your content

• What are your topics? Will the collection’s

coverage change over time?

• What sources can you use for wordstock?

• What is the broadest level of vocabulary you

could use for this project?

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Tips to Jump Start Your Project

Your users

• Who are the potential users of this collection? Do

you need different entry terms for different

audiences?

• Who will be indexing materials and using the

controlled vocabulary?

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Resources & Future Directions

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Questions?

Maren Niemeier

[email protected]

701-777-8001

Aubrey Madler

[email protected]

701-777-6025