7. Use of Controlled Vocabularies
in Information Storage and Retrieval Systems

-- Examples taken from the real world

System or Project / CV in use Screen shot (click to see full-size images)

Digital Gazetteer

Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) Gazetteer Server site
http://middleware.alexandria.ucsb.edu/client/gaz/adl/index.jsp

--Type a location name --> select a feature type -->search and display

Alexandria Digital Library Feature Type Thesaurus http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu/gazetteer/
FeatureTypes/ver070302/index.htm

Machine Aided Indexing (MAI)

NASA Thesaurus Machine Aided Indexing
http://mai.larc.nasa.gov
--Copy-paste a text --> select a term based on frequency --> search the thesaurus for this term

NASA Thesaurus (The thesaurus browser brings to pdf files)
http://www.sti.nasa.gov/thesfrm1.htm

Machine-Aided-Indexing, Rule-based


Data Harmony
http://www.dataharmony.com/index.html

Machine Aided Indexer
(Not in public domain.)
-- Build a thesaurus first --> check rules --> use MAI to see suggested terms

Multilingual termbank

Institute for Horticultural Development (IHD)
http://www.nre.vic.gov.au/agvic/ihd/

Access to Asian Vegetables
-- Go to the mail thesaurus page --> click on any vegetable name --> get multilingual names of the item http://hitite.adlibsoft.com/wwwopac.exe

Access to Asian Vegetables Thesaurus http://www.nre.vic.gov.au/trade/asiaveg/thes-00.htm

 

Illustrated Thesaurus

English-Heritage
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/default.asp

Illustrated Thesaurus
http://hitite.adlibsoft.com/index.html
-- Illustrated term search --> choose 'Arched' shape, 'Many' storyes, situated in 'Country' --> records and images

National Monuments Record Thesauri
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/thesaurus/thes_splash.htm

Visual thesaurus

PlumbDesign
http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

-- Search for "pitch", look under the options of 2D, 3D, and auto-pilot display

Search engine

Froogle

http://froogle.google.com/

Commercial website

BestCellars.com

http://www.bestcellars.com

 

Cross-country and Cross-language Online Bibliographic Catalogs

MACS Multilingual Access to Subjects
http://laborix.kub.nl/prj/macs/

Controlled Vocabularies involved:
SWD/RSWK (Schlagwortnormdatei / Regeln für den Schlagwortkatalog)
(for German),
RAMEAU
(Répertoire d'autorité-matière encyclopédique et alphabétique unifié)(for French) and
LCSH
(Library of Congress Subject Headings (for English)

Multilingual Thesaurus

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FAO Terminology
http://www.fao.org/faoterm/index.asp

Agrovoc Thesaurus - agriculture.
http://www.fao.org/agrovoc/
-- Type any word, say, rice and see matched words in 6 languages including English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese



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