Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The)

Herding cats: indexing British Columbia’s political debates using controlled vocabulary

Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The) (2009), 27, (2), 66–69.

Abstract

Controlled vocabulary has been drawing a lot of interest for indexers, and numerous articles on the topic have appeared in indexing publications including The Indexer. This article discusses how and why the team of indexers at the British Columbia Legislative Assembly employ vocabulary control in their work practices to index political debate transcripts.

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ASI Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies Special Interest Group (2007) About taxonomies and controlled vocabularies [online] www.taxonomies-sig.org/ (accessed 26 March 2008). Google Scholar

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Grist, D. (2003) Indexing legislative text: Alberta Hansard. The Indexer 23(3), 138–9. Indexing legislative text: Alberta Hansard The Indexer 23 138 9 Google Scholar

Hedden, H. (2008) Controlled vocabularies, thesauri, and taxonomies. The Indexer 26(1), 33–4. Controlled vocabularies, thesauri, and taxonomies The Indexer 26 33 4 Google Scholar

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Klement, S. (2002). Open-system versus closed-system indexing: a vital distinction. The Indexer 23(1), 23–31. Open-system versus closed-system indexing: a vital distinction The Indexer 23 23 31 Google Scholar

Landes, Cheryl (2007). Workshop Report: Creating Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies. Key Words 15(3), pp. 74-75. Workshop Report: Creating Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies Key Words 74 75 Google Scholar

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (2009) British Columbia Hansard Index [online] www.legis.gov.bc.ca/hansard/8-2.htm (accessed 13 March 2009). Google Scholar

Leise, F. (2008) Controlled vocabularies: an introduction. The Indexer 26(3), 121–6. Controlled vocabularies: an introduction The Indexer 26 121 6 Google Scholar

Leise, F., Fast, K., and Steckel, M. (2002) What is a controlled vocabulary? Boxes and arrows: the design behind the design [online] www.boxesandarrows.com/view/what_is_a_controlled_vocabulary_ (accessed 27 February 2009). Google Scholar

Mulvany, N. C. (2005) Indexing books, 2nd edn. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Indexing books Google Scholar

Skakle, S. and Spratt, T. (2000). Indexing the proceedings and publications of the Scottish Parliament. The Indexer 22(2), 65–8. Indexing the proceedings and publications of the Scottish Parliament The Indexer 22 65 8 Google Scholar

Wellisch, H.H. (1996) Indexing from A to Z, 2nd edn. New York: H.W. Wilson. Indexing from A to Z Google Scholar

Wikipedia (nd) Controlled vocabulary. [online] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controlled_vocabulary (accessed 27 February 2009). Google Scholar

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McClung, Julie

McClung, Julie