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Comparing human and automatic thesaurus mapping approaches in the agricultural domain

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Lauser, Boris; Johannsen, Gudrun; Caracciolo, Caterina; Keizer, Johannes; Hage, Willem Robert van; Mayr, Philipp

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Abstract "Knowledge organization systems (KOS), like thesauri and other controlled vocabularies, are used to provide subject access to information systems across the web. Due to the heterogeneity of these systems, mapping between vocabularies becomes crucial for retrieving relevant information. However, mapping thesauri is a laborious task, and thus big efforts are being made to automate the mapping process. This paper examines two mapping approaches involving the agricultural thesaurus AGROVOC, one machine-created and one human created. We are addressing the basic question 'What are the pros and cons of human and automatic mapping and how can they complement each other?' By pointing out the difficulties in specific cases or groups of cases and grouping the sample into simple and difficult types of mappings, we show the limitations of current automatic methods and come up with some basic recommendations on what approach to use when." (author's abstract)
Keywords information and documentation; information retrieval; information management; thesaurus; standardization (meth.); standardization (techn.); knowledge management; specialized information; information system
Classification Information and Documentation, Libraries, Archives; Information Management, Information Processes, Information Economics
Free Keywords KOS; Knowledge Organization System; intellectual mapping; ontology matching
Collection Title Metadata for semantic and social applications : proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications
Editor Greenberg, Jane; Klas, Wolfgang
Conference 8. International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. Berlin, 2008
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Publisher Univ.-Verl. Göttingen
City Göttingen
Page/Pages p. 43-53
ISSN 1939-1366
ISBN 978-3-940344-49-6
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications