Doing Things with Information: Beyond Indexing and Abstracting

Doing Things with Information: Beyond Indexing and Abstracting

by Richard L. Anderson, Brian C. O'Connor, Jodi Kearns
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591585775

ISBN-13: 9781591585770

Pub. Date: 08/30/2008

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The relationship between a person with a question and a source of information is complex. Indexing and abstracting often fail because too much emphasis is put on the mechanics of description and too little on what ought to be represented. Research literature suggests that inappropriate representation results in failed searches a significant number of times, perhaps

Overview

The relationship between a person with a question and a source of information is complex. Indexing and abstracting often fail because too much emphasis is put on the mechanics of description and too little on what ought to be represented. Research literature suggests that inappropriate representation results in failed searches a significant number of times, perhaps even in a majority of cases. Doing Things with Information seeks to rectify this unfortunate situation by emphasizing methods of modeling and constructing appropriate representations of such questions and documents. Students in programs of information studies will find focal points for discussion about system design and refinement of existing systems. Librarians, scholars, and those who work within large document collections, whether paper or electronic, will find insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the access systems they use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591585770
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Background Concepts and Models

2. Considerations of Representation

3. Representation, Function, and Utility

4. Failures of Representation: Indeterminacy and Depth

5. Aboutness and User-Generated Descriptors

6. Responses to Indeterminacy

7. Doing Things with Word-Based Documents

8. Functional Applications of Information Measurement

9. Functional Ontology Construction

10. Creek Pebbles: A Summary Metaphor and Touchstone for Exploration

References

Index

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