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Taxonomies and Thesauri in Action

Heather Hedden, Seth Maislin, and Jan Wright.

This session looks at examples how taxonomies and thesauri are designed and managed to support database or metadata indexing. We will introduce the session with an overview of taxonomies and thesauri, explaining why they are useful and why indexers might be interested in working with them. We will also explain how taxonomies are designed and maintained to support indexing by trained staff indexers, and share the experience of creating a controlled vocabulary to support periodical article indexing for a fan magazine of the The Grateful Dead.