Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The)

Images: indexing for accessibility in a multi-lingual environment – challenges and perspectives

Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The) (2009), 27, (2), 70–76.

Abstract

Elaine Ménard presents the results of a research project that sought to identify the differences, in a multilingual environment, between indexing a set of images representing common objects using either a controlled vocabulary approach, or a free or uncontrolled vocabulary approach. The differences are explored from the terminological, perceptual and structural points of view, Consideration is given to the factors that may have influenced the choice of indexing terms, such as language, indexing experience and indexing guidelines, and suggestions are made for further research.

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Maniez, J. (1987) Les langages documentaires et classificatoires: conception, construction et utilisation dans les systèmes documentaires. Paris: Éditions d’Organisation. Les langages documentaires et classificatoires: conception, construction et utilisation dans les systèmes documentaires Google Scholar

Panofsky, E. (1955) Meaning in the visual arts: papers in and on art history. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. Meaning in the visual arts: papers in and on art history Google Scholar

Rao Muddamalle, M. (1998) Natural language versus controlled vocabulary in information retrieval: a case study in soil mechanics. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 49(10), 881–7. Natural language versus controlled vocabulary in information retrieval: a case study in soil mechanics Journal of the American Society for Information Science 49 881 7 Google Scholar

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Shatford, S. (1986) Analyzing the subject of a picture: a theoretical approach. Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 6(3), 39–61. Analyzing the subject of a picture: a theoretical approach Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 39 61 Google Scholar

Tenopir, C. (1985) Full text database retrieval performance. Online Review 9(2), 149–64. Full text database retrieval performance Online Review 9 149 64 Google Scholar

Tsai, Chih-Fong (2003) Stacked generalisation: a novel solution to bridge the semantic gap for content-based image retrieval. Online Information Review 27(6), 442–5. Stacked generalisation: a novel solution to bridge the semantic gap for content-based image retrieval Online Information Review 27 442 5 Google Scholar

Turner, J. (1994) Determining the subject content of still and moving image documents for storage and retrieval: an experimental investigation. Ph.D. dissertation, Toronto, Université de Toronto. Determining the subject content of still and moving image documents for storage and retrieval: an experimental investigation Google Scholar

Turner, J. (1998) Images en mouvement: stockage, repérage, indexation. Sainte-Foy: Presses de l’Université du Québec. Images en mouvement: stockage, repérage, indexation Google Scholar

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Ménard, Elaine