LSC 551 – Thesaurus Construction

Assignment #3 – Thesaurus Construction

I chose as my topic for the thesaurus exercise, Information Policy, from LSC 557: Information and Libraries in Society. It was a subject I found interesting during the course, and I recall hoping at the time that future coursework would lead me to it again. I developed the thesaurus by first reading a number of academic journal articles and book chapters, per the assignment directions, extracting from them terms that seemed appropriate. Starting with 98 jotted down terms and phrases, I transcribed them in to an Excel spreadsheet, then alphabetized that list to remove any obvious duplications. That took it down to 91 terms. Removing close synonyms reduced the number to 84. Then, per the directions but veering slightly off track, I searched each of the remaining terms in the Twitter database, where so many librarians and LIS students contribute tweets and links. I set as a benchmark of 75 percent relevant hits per page to accept the term. That further reduced the number of terms to 54. I printed out the results and began the tedious process of assigning/determining equivalent, hierarchical, and associative relationships. Establishing relationships actually resulted in the inclusion and exclusion of a few additional terms.

The resulting thesaurus divides the subject into four broad areas: information infrastructure; copyright issues; library and related legislation; and information life-cycle. I borrowed the initial structure in part from the Rubin chapter on information policy, and in part from the structure of journal articles I used to come up with the terms. The process of filling in scope notes resulted in slight rearrangement of some of the terms.  References cited, along with their type and the terms they provided are on the following pages. Scope notes, hierarchical and associative terms and synonymous terms are included in the body of the thesaurus.

Shifting from the spreadsheet to MultiTes was not without problems.  First I tried the Quick DATA Entry option  (it seemed easy and “quick”).  Got them all entered with appropriate relationships listed, source notes, and line spacings.  Then when I went to check for inconsistencies, the results went on for pages and pages.  I had done something wrong.  So I opened a new file, entered each term in, one by one. I discovered that you have to do the whole list, then go back to add source notes for selected terms, which I found as odd, but it was ok.  I went back and added all my source notes (ten were required).  When I checked for internal consistency, there were only two errors, which I immediately fixed.  The results of the hierarchical and alphabetical displays  were not exactly what I had anticipated, but perhaps it was my anticipation that was errored.

Arnold, A. (2004). Developing a national information policy—considerations for developing countries. The International Information & Library Review, 36(3), 199-207. (academic journal article: national information policies, developing country information policy, information value, information infrastructure, information technology standard, information policy domain)

Bender, D. R., Kadec, S. T., & Morton-Schwalb, S. I. (1991). National Information Policies: Strategies for the future Special Libraries Association. (academic journal article: national and federal information policies; national information goals; access to government information)

Braman, S. (2006). Change of state: Information, policy, and power. MIT Press Cambridge, MA. (book: meta-technologies, embedded computing, information production chain, information life cycle.)

Jaeger, P. T. (2007). Information policy, information access, and democratic participation: The national and international implications of the bush administration’s information politics. Government Information Quarterly, 24(4), 840-859. (academic journal article: policy-access relationships, policy shaping information access, freedom of information, privacy, secrecy, intellectual property, ICT, information policy legislation).

Kahin, B., & Nesson, C. (1996). Borders in cyberspace: Information policy and the global information infrastructure MIT Press: Cambridge. (book: government commercialization of information in the EU, unrestricted information policy in the US).

Mêgnigbêto, E. (2010). Information policy: Content and challenges for an effective knowledge society. The International Information & Library Review, 42(3), 144-148. (academic journal article: multi-level formulation of information policy, public domain information, multidimensional and multidisciplinary information, information literacy).

Quinn, A. C. (2003). Keeping the citizenry informed: Early congressional printing and 21st century information policy. Government Information Quarterly, 20(3), 281-293. (academic journal article: critical infrastructure for information age, Freedom of information Act, Privacy Act of 1974, U.S. Patriot Act, E-Commerce).
Relyea, H., & Berman, L. (1981). The presidency and information policy The Center. (book: Presidential Records Act of 1978, Freedom of Information Act, political communications)

Rubin, R. E. (2010). Foundations of library and information science. Neil-Schuman Publishers: New York. (book: privacy, information access, internet (network) neutrality, digitization of government documents, copyright protects, first sale doctrine, fair use doctrine).

Shuler, J. (2005). A post-election perspective: Whither information policy? part two. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31(1), 63-66. (academic journal article: public goods infrastructure, global digital data network, public knowledge, public knowledge diffusion).

Shuler, J. (2004). INFORMATION POLICY: Ask not for whom the bells toll. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 30(1), 77-79. (academic journal article: public good, digital divide).

Shuler, J. A. (2007). Public policies and academic Libraries—The shape of the next digital divide. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 33(1), 141-143. (academic journal article: academic librarianship policy, fiduciary responsibility in the digital age).

Shuler, J., & Sulzer, J. (1998). The community information organization: An initiative for communities and academic libraries. Collection Management, 23(3), 9-20. (academic journal article: community partnership, citizenship literacy, information literacy, networked community democracy, government information, community information organization, community network, multi-library cooperation, community partnership models).

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