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

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  • 1. You Say Dog, I Say Canine Designing a Thesaurus to Connect Your Users to Your Digital Content
  • 2. Overview Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies Creating a Thesaurus Step-by-Step Planning and Maintenance Tips to Jump Start Your Project Resources & Future Directions
  • 3. 40% of search failures come from users and information providers using different terms
  • 4. Controlled Vocabularies (CV) List Synonym Ring Hierarchy Thesaurus
  • 5. List
  • 6. Synonym Ring dog mutt canine auto puppy pooch car motorcar automobile
  • 7. Hierarchy
  • 8. Thesaurus
  • 9. Welcome to Creating a Thesaurus THESAURUS Step-by-Step Please drive carefully, warily, heedfully, cautiously, 1. Generate Wordstock conscientiously, 2. Decide on Format, Choose thoughtfully through the village, community, Preferred Terms & Identify town, hamlet, Synonyms settlement. 3. Choose Hierarchies and Facets 4. Add Associative Relationships 5. Select Thesaurus Design and Display
  • 10. Step 1: Generate Wordstock
  • 11. Subject Experts Users Sources of Wordstock Your Publications Organization
  • 12. A Combined Approach Existing Thesauri Organizational terminology Bottom-Up Top-Down Search logs Publications Subject experts
  • 13. Exercise subjects names: place names, personal names, organization names format: physical material, size, color time: date, season
  • 14. Step 2: Decide on Format, Choose Preferred Terms & Identify Synonyms
  • 15. Exercise resolve synonyms capitalization, abbreviations, plurality, abstract concepts, compound terms
  • 16. Step 3: Choose Hierarchies and Facets
  • 17. Hierarchies to Broaden and Narrow
  • 18. Facets to Specify
  • 19. Exercise hierarchy NT & BT facet
  • 20. Step 4: Add Associative Relationships
  • 21. Exercise Connect concepts using See also and RT
  • 22. Step 5: Select Thesaurus Design and Display Electronic Print External view Internal view Facets BT, NT, RT Topical Alphabetical Visual Textual
  • 23. You did it! But wait
  • 24. You Will Notice Gaps
  • 25. Your Collection Will Grow
  • 26. The World Will Change
  • 27. Planning and Maintenance Expect and plan for change Collect suggestions Systematically look for additions Schedule time to address potential changes Document your process
  • 28. Document It Purpose Content Structure and format Update process
  • 29. 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?
  • 30. Tips to Jump Start Your Project Your content What are your topics? Will the collections coverage change over time? What sources can you use for wordstock? What is the broadest level of vocabulary you could use for this project?
  • 31. 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?
  • 32. Resources & Future Directions
  • 33. Questions? Aubrey Madler 701-777-6025 Maren Niemeier 701-777-8001