Organizing Multimedia Information: Principles and Practice of Information Retrieval

Organizing Multimedia Information: Principles and Practice of Information Retrieval

by Mary A. Burke
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Taylor & Francis


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Organizing Multimedia Information: Principles and Practice of Information Retrieval

If you want to convert a collection of images into a computer database, organize access to sound recordings through a Web browser or store a company’s archives in one searchable computerized structure, the database must be set up so that users can find what they want and make maximum use of the information it holds. Mary Burke provides much-needed guidance on organizing such information for effective retrieval whether from local, stand-alone computers or remote networked databases. The earlier chapters of the book explain the need for a logical structure for multimedia databases and for consistent description and indexing of their components. Analyzing the structure and characteristics of different information items, and the relationship between the original object and surrogate representations of it, the author extends the principles of cataloguing, classification, indexing and database structure to different multimedia products, identifying the difficulties of providing for multimedia retrieval by organizing data according to subject, creator or other characteristics. Theoretical principles and practical guidelines are given for storage of, and access to, the information content of textual, visual, audio and integrated multimedia databases. Later chapters of the book analyse electronic data structures and the particular requirements of visual and audio formats. The author also explores future scenarios for multimedia databases in networked environments. Practical assignments throughout the book encourage readers to apply principles to their own individual projects. Examples and illustrations from a variety of systems and formats demonstrate the principles described. Organization of Multimedia Resources is exceptional in drawing together the complementary principles of information retrieval and multimedia database design. It is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students of information science, electronic publishing, records management and librarianshi

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780566081712
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/21/2005
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 24.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Burke, who holds postgraduate degrees in both information science and chemistry, is Professor and Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland. Previous posts have included Information Scientist at the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards in Dublin, Lecturer in Information Retrieval at University College Dublin and Visiting Associate Professor at Syracuse University, New York, USA. Mary Burke is a member of the editorial board of the journal Library and Information Science Research, has published a wide range of papers on electronic information retrieval. She has acted as consultant on information systems and services to national and international organizations including the European Commission, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the H. W. Wilson Company and Telecom Eireann. She is a member of a number of professional information science, library and computer bodies including the Institute of Information Scientists, the Irish and UK Library Associations and the Irish Computer Society.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Information items; Conceptual approaches; Surrogates; Subject content; Electronic data structures; Visual information; Audio information; The future; Index.

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