The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Indexing the living document: a Hansard case study

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2020), 38, (2), 133–142.


The team responsible for the Hansard index at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario describe their process for indexing legislative debates. They discuss the challenges of handling changing terminology, evolving topics, and partisan discussions, as well as the nitty-gritty details of handling cross-references and repetitious content. The team also share their methods of maintaining consistency among multiple indexers and reveal the indexing questions they are currently grappling with. This case study may be of interest to other groups of indexers working with large amounts of dynamic content.

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Caballero, C., Smith, E. and Guldner, R. (2015) ‘Politics and the art of indexing: teamwork in a legislative environment’, The Indexer 33(2), 65–7. Google Scholar

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Dix, Emily

Guldner, Rosalind

Laukys, Kate