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Bartolo, Laura M.
Bedford, Denise A. D.
Busch, Joseph A.
Spencer, Linda Hill
Starr, Lori J.
Zeng, Marcia Lei
has a background in Computer Systems with a Ph.D. 1986 from Lund University.
He has been working with networked computers since 1980 and during 1986
- 1994 as Ass. Professor in Computer Engineering at Lund University. The
last years he has been involved in introducing the concept of networked
information in libraries. Since 1992 he is working with developing electronic
library services first at Lund University Library, Development Department
(LUB NetLab) were he was department head from 1994 - 1996. From 1996 he
is head of development at the Technical Knowledge Center & Library
of Denmark. The European Union projects he is currently involved in are:
DESIRE II, UNIverse, GAIA and EULER. (See statement with Traugott Koch).
is the Editor of the Chemical Abstracts Thesaurus. He oversees
the development of the Thesaurus, which currently has about 15,000
preferred terms, and its integration into the building of the CA database.
A particularly concern is the implications that the expanded networked
applications of thesauri will have on the development of the thesaurus
structure and content to ensure that the thesaurus remains a useful tool
for purposes beyond its traditional implementation. Another concern
is with providing networked thesaurus access to the analysts involved in
building the database and maximizing the benefits of using the thesaurus
in the database building process. The CA Thesaurus is presently
fully accessible only internally: on STN via the existing STN thesaurus
software; via an Intranet web-based hypertext thesaurus tool; and via a
couple of internally developed tools that partially integrate the thesaurus
into the database building process. We are anticipating incorporating
the thesaurus into the public access to the CA database on STN, the web-based
STN-easy and Scifinder that provide access to multiple databases, and into
other planned CAS products. Additional work needs to be done on the thesaurus
to enable automatic backfile search in light of the major changes our vocabulary
has undergone. The only public assess to the thesaurus is a restricted
version of the internal web thesaurus hypertext tool that provides only
a listing of the thesaurus terms. This listing can be accessed at: http://www.cas.org/vocabulary/
. Dr. Babamov received a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University
of Illinois in 1977 and was engaged in research and teaching in that field
at several universities before joining Chemical Abstracts as a Scientific
Information Analyst in 1986.
Laura M. Bartolo
is an Associate Professor in Libraries and Media Services at Kent State
University. Her primary focus in the ALCOM/NIST Heterogeneous Structures
Project is network-accessible information description and retrieval. Specific
groups of terms in related areas have been developed among the scientists
with the growth of the Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM) subject
domain. A next step in the project is to develop a knowledge organization
structure related to liquid crystal research building upon the thesaurus
and classification tools in place. The knowledge structure will incorporate
the multiple domains represented within the project, the interests and
needs of applied and basic research, and will capitalize on distributed
is a Research Fellow in the Information Management Group at the University
of Manchester. He received a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from Bristol University
in 1988 and has been a researcher in the University of Manchester Department
of Computer Science since 1993, working initially with the Medical Informatics
Group on the GALEN project (http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/mig/galen).
His main research interests are in the applications of description logics,
particularly as a delivery mechanism for terminologies and semantic metadata,
and their use in indexing and retrieval. He is currently involved with
the STARCH (http://potato.cs.man.ac.uk/starch)
and TAMBIS (http://img.cs.man.ac.uk/tambis)
projects. STARCH is concerned with using DL models to support querying
over picture archives, while TAMBIS uses a conceptual model to provide
unified access to multiple biological information sources. [added 11/20/98]
Denise A. D. Bedford
is currently Thesaurus Manager/Developer for The World Bank in Washington,
DC. She is responsible for the development of the forthcoming
1998 edition of The World Bank Group's Thesaurus. The Thesaurus takes
the form of electronic and print editions, as well as serving as the intelligence
behind the "smart" RetrievalWare search engine. She has earned Ph.D. (Information
Science, UC Berkeley), MS (Librarianship, Western Michigan University),
MA and BA (Russian; German; History, University of Michigan).
Other employment highlights include: Catholic University of
America (Adjunct Faculty), Intel Corporation, NASA GSFC and STI Program,
Stanford University, University of California Systemwide Administration,
University of Michigan, as well as consulting projects for International
Monetary Fund, and federal agencies.
Objectives for the workshop: (1) learn which of the NISO-defined
thesaurus relationships other organizations and researchers are using in
mapping thesaurus content to semantic network structures, as well as relationships
in use beyond this set; (2) determine whether there is practical
consistency in the naming conventions for semantic relationships, and (3)
learn how other organizations have "packaged" semantic network relationships
to search strategies for end-users.
Anne Betz graduated
in Library and Information Studies at the University of Applied Sciences
in Cologne, Germany, Department of
Library and Information Studies (LIS), in September 1997. From October
1997 on she is working half-time at DEUTERM, the recently founded German
Information and Documentation Centre for Terminology. DEUTERM
is to represent the German node in a European Terminology Documentation
Centre Network (TDC-net) being established in the course of a European
Union project which started in August this year. The TDC-net Project is
an activity within the framework of the European MLIS
Programme (MultiLingual Information Society).
"In general, my interest in the NKOS initiative is exchanging professional
information on a high level and learning more about the methodical and
technical aspects of realizing multilingual access to databases and Web
sites by means of controlled vocabulary systems. As DEUTERM offers
a list of thesauri, thesaurus maintenance software and classification schedules
browsable by languages and by subject (http://www.fbi.fh-koeln.de/labor/Bir/thesauri_new/indexen.htm)
which is to be represented by means of systematic categories one day, I
am especially interested in the discussion about and the development of
the Thesaurus Registry." (added 10/23/98)
Stan Blum is the
Research Information Manager at the California Academy of Sciences, San
Francisco. By academic training he is a systematic ichthyologist (the classification
of fishes; Ph.D. Zoology, University of Hawaii, 1988). Since 1990, however,
he has been working full-time in biodiversity and natural history collections
informatics. The two most important themes in his work have been: 1) designing
integrated information systems for natural history museums (i.e., systems
that support a wide variety of collection disciplines, collection management
practices, and uses of collection information), and 2) developing data
standards and software architectures that will enable data to be integrated
across distributed and heterogeneous collection databases. He recently
organized "A Workshop on the Compilation, Maintenance, and Dissemination
of Taxonomic Authority Files." The purpose of the workshop was to provide
an initial forum for members of the systematics and library/information
science communities to discuss concepts, practices, and technologies that
will promote consistency in the cataloging, indexing, and retrieval of
biological information. Workshop results indicated that biological taxonomy
and classification would provide a challenging test bed for cross-discipline
work involving thesaurus development, authority control, cooperative cataloging,
and multi-thesaurus integration. Participants recommended that the dialog
between the communities continue, particularly under the framework of DL
research. (Added 8/3/98; updated 3/4/99.)
Taxonomic Authority Files Workshop website: http://research.calacademy.org/taf/
California Academy of Sciences website: http://www.calacademy.org
Joseph A. Buschis
currently the Vice President for Information Product Development at DATAFUSION,
a start-up software company developing knowledge management products that
integrate metathesaurus, metadata, and systems modeling technologies. Prior
to joining DATAFUSION in January, Mr. Busch was the Getty Information Institute's
program manager for standards and resources projects including the Art
& Architecture Thesaurus and Thesaurus of Geographic Names. His domain
experience ranges from the arts and humanities to business and law. Over
the past 25 years as an information professional, he has worked in a wide
variety of institutional settings including academic, private, and public
libraries, as well as management consulting organizations. Mr. Busch organized
and led the DL 97 workshop on Metadata and Thesauri.
DATAFUSION is working to operationalize cross-domain metathesaurus technology
as an incremental distributed resource. As such, DATAFUSION aims to be
a leader in the development of standards to support this objective, and
an early implementor of them. To support this goal, DATAFUSION recently
joined the W3C, and has a particular interest in developing XML architectures.
DATAFUSION website: http://www.datafusion.net/index.html
is an editor at the Getty Information Institute Vocabulary Program. Specifically
she is the editor primarily (not solely) responsible for the Art &
Architecture Thesaurus (AAT). Discussions at the scholarly/professional
level (or any for that matter) on topics relating to the creation, distribution,
and use of thesauri are of vital interest to her and her Program. In particular,
they are concerned with the topic of online, Internet, and other electronic
applications of thesauri, and how the unique and powerful features of their
semantic structure can be fully utilized in information retrieval. The
NKOS list offers a chance to listen in and participate in just such discussions.
(added July 13, 1998)
Ron Davies is
a consultant with Bibliomatics, Inc., a Canadian information systems consulting
firm. He has designed and developed thesaurus management systems for the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), and led a project to create a subject
classification system for United Nation's information available over the
Internet. He is currently developing Java-based software for distributed
thesaurus management and use.
"My personal goal has always been to get some agreement on an interoperable
way to connect to thesauri over network, so that I could access a thesaurus
at one site, and use it to index or search resources at another site. This
would mean development of standards in terms of the semantics of thesaual
relations as well as the syntax of consulting a thesaurus. This effort
could build on other standards (e.g. Z39.50, XML) but there's a lot of
specific work that still has to be done."
is Technical Projects Coordinator for the California Resources Agency's
CERES Program, the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System.
The goal of CERES is to facilitate access to environmental data and information,
and one of the major efforts toward this goal is the development of information
cataloging and indexing technology for use on the World Wide Web. Deanne's
role with CERES is in user interface design and partnership project coordination,
as well as assisting in directing the efforts of the web development and
programming team. She is co-lead with Quinn Hart in CERES' partnership
with the USGS Biological Resource Division to develop an environmental
theme thesaurus for linking distributed thesauri, and an application programming
interface for accessing and manipulating descriptors from the distributed
CERES Thesaurus page: http://ceres.ca.gov/thesaurus
CERES Catalog page: http://ceres.ca.gov/catalog
is a Senior Application Scientist with the Centre for Cultural Informatics
and Documentation Systems, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for
Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He works
on thesaurus management, ontologies and heterogeneous data access in close
cooperation with cultural bodies and library organisations.
"Based on my experience from classification methods in software repositories,
and with semantic network-based cultural documentation systems, I have
led the development of a proof-of-concept prototype for a new vocabulary
management system for the Getty Information Institute (former AHIP) in
Los Angeles. This system demonstrated the capability of the Semantic Index
System, product of ICS-FORTH, to manage effectively amounts of hundreds
of thousands of terminological records in various schemata. With the AQUARELLE
project as test bed, we have developed this prototype into a competitive
thesaurus management system for multilingual thesauri, the "SIS-TMS". Its
novel features is a partitioning and versioning mechanism, which allows
for consistent cooperative development by semi-autonomous groups and integration
of distributed "terminology servers" into heterogeneous
information environments. It is on product level since summer 1998,
and has already found vivid interest in Greece, France, England, and Italy
and at the European Commission.
"Recently, I have initiated and participate in the European Term-IT
project in the Language Engineering Sector of TELEMATICS, which aims at
combining language engineering and human processes for the more efficient
production of terminological resources in the cultural domain. My interest
in thesauri is complementary to my work on conceptual structures with respect
to the general problem of information mediation in heterogenuous distributed
environments. I do research and have published on questions of knowledge
representation, cooperative development of thesauri and knowledge resources,
effective information access and architectures for heterogeneous distributed
"I am member of ICOM-CIDOC and involved in the development of a domain
ontology for the museums community, the oo CIDOC Reference Model, going
to be presented in October in Melbourne." (added 9/9/98)
P.Constantopoulos, M.Doerr, "Component Classification in the Software
Information Base", appeared in : O.Nierstrasz, D.Tsichritzis, "Object-Oriented
Software Composition", Prentice Hall, England, 1996
M. Doerr, "Reference Information Acquisition and Coordination", in:
"ASIS'97 -Digital Collections: Implications for Users, Funders, Developers
and Maintainers", Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting of the American
Society for Information Sciences, "
November 1-6 '97, Washington, Vol.34. Information Today Inc.: Medford,
New Jersey, 1997. ISBN 1-57387-048-X.
M. Doerr, I. Fundulaki, "SIS-TMS, A Thesaurus Management System for
Distributed Digital Collections", Second European Conference on Digital
Libraries, Heraklion, Sept. 1998, to be published.
I.Dionissiadou, M.Doerr, "Mapping of material culture to a semantic
network", in : Automating Museums in the Americas and Beyond, Sourcebook,
ICOM-MCN Joint Annual Meeting, August 28-September 3, 1994
Doerr M. (1996). "Authority services in global information spaces".
Heraklion - Crete, Greece: FORTH, Institute of Computer Science - Technical
Report FORTH-ICS/TR-163. also on: Workshop for Networked Information Retrieval,
SIGIR '96, Zurich, August 1996 (http://www.ics.forth.gr/proj/isst/Publications/TechnicalReports.html)
Martin Doerr, Irini Fundulaki "The Aquarelle Terminology Service", ERCIM
News Number 33, April1998, p14-15
M. Doerr and I. Fundulaki. "A proposal on extended interthesaurus links"
Technical Report ICS-FORT/TR-215, March 1998.
is the collection management archivist for the Microsoft corporate archives
where she is currently working on integrating access to a number of tools
that deliver an ever-increasing variety of full-text, bibliographic, graphical,
and other information resources. To that end she has become involved
in developing and maintaining a controlled vocabulary appropriate to a
dynamic, shared classification model. I am interested in combining
the strengths of meta-information, traditional classification systems,
thesauri, and emerging technology-based solutions.
From 1994-97 she was an Access Services / Reference Librarian at the
University of Washington where she participated in the creation of the
UW's Digital Library Initiative. She received an MS in Engineering/Technical
Communication in 1996. Her research focused on interface design and evaluative
methodologies. She received an MA in Library and Information Science
in 1994 from the University of Washington. She has published research examining
the effects of terminology selection on interface navigation and has conducted
both quantitative and qualitative studies related to the effective organization
is an editor in the Getty Information Institute's Vocabulary Program, which
produces three thesauri that are widely used in the documentation and retrieval
of networked cultural heritage information. Michelle has extensive
experience with thesaurus development, and is involved in the design of
a new thesaurus maintenance system for the Getty thesauri. Before
coming to the Getty, Michelle worked on a specialized thesaurus for an
oral history collection. Michelle has a Master's in Library and Information
Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Current thesaurus development activities at the Getty Information Institute:
Production and distribution of 3 thesauri:
Collaborative development of thesauri (accepting electronic contributions
to our thesauri)
Development of thesaurus maintenance software
Development of applications that demonstrate the use of thesauri in a networked
Multilingual thesaurus development (Spanish translation of the AAT, multilingual
religious objects lexicon)
Participate in standards development
We distribute our thesauri for incorporation into documentation
and retrieval systems, and we accept electronic contributions of
data to our thesauri. For both these activities, we use a home-grown
exchange format, which does not always meet the needs of our
implementors and contributors, and requires them to learn a different
format for each of our thesauri. We welcome this opportunity to participate
in the development of a standard for exchanging structured
Discuss implications of networked implementation for thesaurus development
Our thesauri were originally developed primarily as documentation tools.
How does our editorial practice need to evolve to make thesauri as effective
as possible as information retrieval tools in a networked environment?
Email: email@example.com (will
be changing to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Discuss strategies for linking thesauri or using multiple thesauri in tandem
How can we link related thesauri to our own? What models are there
for using multiple thesauri together in an information retrieval interface?
carrying out research in the area of Intellectual Access to Cultural Information
at CHIN. Her work at ARTEXPO Foundation and the Information Center for
Culture and Heritage Romania, for over 15 years, focused on three main
areas: definition of communication and information sharing procedures,
data modeling and development of standards, access to and integration of
resources in a distributed multicultural environment. Ecaterina was responsible
for the design implementation, administration and evolution of the Romanian
National Cultural Heritage Information System from over 300 cultural institutions
in Romania. Ecaterina initiated and managed the development of a series
of CD-ROMs and imaging projects focusing on cultural topics.
The launch of ARTEFACTS CANADA in April, 1998 by the Canadian Heritage
Information Network (CHIN) signaled the first step towards integrated access
to information about objects held in Canadian museum collections. Artefacts
Canada, formerly the National Inventories, is the product of decades of
collaboration between the Canadian museum community and CHIN, and contains
millions of records describing objects, natural science specimens and archaeological
sites. Effective access into an information environment containing a diversity
of resources and over twenty million of information items strongly revealed
the necessity of terminology and classification tools to support both description
The integration of The Art & Architecture Thesaurus with Artefacts
Canada is one of the most significant improvements to access and retrieval.
The thesaurus, used as a behind-the-scenes retrieval tool, enables access
to objects through hierarchies. This integration has permitted a conceptual
structure, that embeds art history knowledge, to be applied to the terminology
used in the existing information collections, without the need to modify
the resource itself or to impose vocabulary or category structures on those
participating in the building of this collective resource. The architecture
enables the potential addition of other authorities and organized information
resources, including geographical or temporal perspectives, or offering
alternative views for search results categorization.
To enable access in both French and English, a multilingual thesaurus
was developed using The Art & Architecture Thesaurus as a base. The
most frequently used terms in the Humanities database were identified and
a French equivalent term was defined. Currently, there are 2,600 French
terms available and active during the retrieval process.
is affiliated with the University of Manchester U.K. Her work over the
last eight years has been in clinical technologies and controlled vocabularies
and in the last two years on terminologies for works of art. They use Descriptor
Logics and terminological reasoning to build self-organizing compositional
schemes. She is just starting to work on a funded project in collaboration
with the Getty Images to classify the subjects of the Hulton-Getty Picture
Joel Hammond is
in the Abstracting and Indexing Department for BIOSIS. He was instrumental
in the design of the new BIOSIS relational indexing system.
Quinn Hart is
a Technical Researcher for the California Resources Agency's CERES Program,
the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System. Quinn is
responsible for review and implementation of standards and applications
relating to metadata, indexing, and cataloging issues. CERES' thesaurus
project is part of an effort to standardize the language used when
indexing, and searching for environmental data products in California.
In addition to the generation of a thesaurus of environmental terms, CERES
is developing a toolkit that will allow for distributed access to thesauri
in a consistent manner for application development. This toolkit
is based on an object-oriented paradigm, abstracting a thesaurus into a
set of objects and methods. A toolkit in PERL has been developed and one
for JAVA is underway.
CERES Thesaurus page: http://ceres.ca.gov/thesaurus
Linda L. Hill
is a Research Specialist with the Alexandria Digital Library Project at
the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked extensively
with thesaurus and metadata development and digital library projects. She
has worked extensively with gazetteer design and implementation as interactive
digital library services. Part of the gazetteer work has included the development
of a Thesaurus of Feature Types.
"My personal goal in relation to this workshop is to get thesaurus principles
and practices enabled within digital libraries so that existing thesauri
can be more known and accessible, so that developing projects will recognize
the value of the thesaurus approach and will develop and use thesauri according
to established standards. Also, to evaluate the usefulness of thesauri
and classification systems for networked information discovery."
Alexandria Digital Library website: http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu
Gail Hodge, Information
International Associates (IIa), has been involved with production systems
for abstracting/indexing services for 20 years. She's currently working
as a consultant to USGS on a biodiversity vocabulary for the National Biological
Information Infrastructure (NBII). She previously held positions with the
NASA Center for AeroSpace Information and with Biosis.
"My main goal is to promote this discussion at a high level so that
what we do within the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division
(BRD) context is based on where we are within the technical community.
We know that we can't wait until all the problems are solved, but we want
to be in synch as much as possible. We need an understanding of the issues
involved in using distributed thesauri: How do we handle rights management,
authentication, etc. and charging for commercial databases? What will users
want to do with these distributed thesauri? This effects navigation,
searching, "transfer," etc. What do we need to know about other thesauri
and vocabularies in order to use them in a distributed fashion? Is a registry
both of thesaurus elements and of particular thesauri necessary to this
effort? Where does this effort intersect with the efforts of others: RDF,
XML, metadata schema, metadata registries, Z39.19, Z39.50, search engine
vendors, etc.? I would like to come out of this with at least a start toward
a way to deal with the architecture so that we can move forward and integrate
this effort with other metadata and Internet efforts."
National Biological Information Infrastructure website: http://www.nbii.gov/
Paul Hower is
with Intermedia Marketing & Production, Inc. in Atlanta. He says: "My
first brush with information science was when I took courses at the UC
Berkeley School of Library and Information Studies in 1977. After turning
down a generous offer by Dr. Maron to stay at Berkeley, I went on to get
a Masters degree in something called "Interactive Telecommunications" at
NYU. The philosophy of that program was to provide students with the requisite
tools and knowledge to understand all aspects of interactive services,
from the technical and social to the legal and economic. This background
has served me well as an IT consultant, corporate manager and in my own
I have enjoyed something of a retirement for the past few years, but
have continued to consult at the request of associates and referrals. IMP's
latest client is Consumers Union - the non-profit publisher of Consumer
Reports - who hired us to help them understand "post Web site" Internet
opportunities. We are urging them to keep an eye on developments affecting
the "semantic interoperability" of the Internet, and have described how
metadata, vocabulary control and personal 'bots' may change the way people
shop over the next 5 years - and the way information providers like CU
distribute their wares.
While I am most interested in what [which] users will want to do with
[what] thesauri, dictionaries, etc., my background inclines me to be curious
about the other 'straw topics' as well. One topic of interest not mentioned
in the workshop's advance materials is the interaction of human-generated
with machine-generated vocabularies. Might strengths of the one correct
weaknesses in the other? Should current work on standards consider how
these discrete technologies may interoperate in the future?
I am currently a member of the ACM and SIGIR, and will be attending
DL '98. I hope it is still possible to participate in the workshop, because
it seems like a rare opportunity to meet with a geographically dispersed
group of people face to face."
is Senior librarian, Electronic Information Services at NetLab, Lund University
Library Development Department, Sweden. He has developed digital library
services during the last six years in European, Nordic and Swedish projects
(among others the European DESIRE project and the Nordic Metadata Project).
The focus in these projects is on resource discovery and retrieval, on
resource description and metadata, knowledge organization, indexing and
search services. During 1998 he is visiting scholar at OCLC Office of Research,
Dublin, OH, working on problems in the intersection between metadata production,
automatic classification and the retrievability of highly qualified subject
information from heterogeneous Internet and metadata databases. He is a
member of the Dublin Core Policy Advisory Committee.
We (Traugott and Anders Ardoe) expect
the workshop to start an initial discussion on what vocabulary related
operations have to be agreed upon as a basis for standards for using (distributed)
vocabulary support over the Internet. In addition an orientation would
be valuable what syntaxes and formats are promising for the task to encode
and exchange the data. We hope a working group will be started to further
this and related tasks.
Digital library research description: dl98ws-applfinal.html
is the Collections Librarian at the Experience Music Project, The Experience
Music Project is an interactive, music-related museum opening next year
at Seattle Center. We (specifically, a team consisting of EMP librarians,
programmers, and digitization and web technologists) are in the early stages
of designing a digital library consisting of still images of our collections
artifacts, and audio and moving image files made from our sound recordings
and videos. We hope to link these digital reproductions to our catalog
records as well as to additional information prepared by the staff (interactive
exhibit labels, kiosk presentations, web pages, etc.) and maybe OCR-scanned
text such as notes, clippings, and the like.
EMP is developing an in-house thesaurus based on the Art & Architecture
Thesaurus and incorporating ANSI thesaurus construction standards, although
we have not yet linked the thesaurus database (which utilizes Liu Palmer's
commercial thesaurus construction software) to our collections catalog
database (an in-house, networked SQL Server database with Microsoft Access
input forms and reporting capabilities} -- although we expect to redesign
that database soon. Work on the creation of name authority records
has begun; these will be based on, but not always adhere to, AACR2/MARC.
Name authority records will be structured hierarchically to an extent,
since we'll be creating authority records for, say, rock bands and the
individual members of those bands, and providing links to other bands in
which those musicians have performed. We have not developed a search interface
yet, but are hoping to develop a very user-friendly searching/browsing/linking
system to offer visitors to the museum, serious researchers, and users
of the World Wide Web. We're interested in how Z39.50, XML, and other emerging
standards might improve access not only to our digital resources, but to
the vast store of cultural information held by institutions throughout
Eva Méndez has
a Bachelor of Librarianship and Information Science and was in the first
class of librarianship specialists graduated in Spain. She is working toward
a PH.D. in Information Science from the Carlos III University of Madrid
(Spain). She has been working on various Information Services.
She has been a teacher and researcher at the Carlos III University since
March 1997. She teaches Information Technologies, Thesaurus Construction,
Special Materials Cataloging, and Information Policies in the Information
Science Department of that University. Currently, she is working on her
theses about "Metadata and Information Retrieval" and she is very interested
in all the topics that could be discussed on the "Networked Knowledge Organization
Web page: http://porky.uc3m.es/~mendez/profesional/index.html
is Principal of The JELEM Company, a consulting firm specializing in index
and thesaurus design, and in development of machine-aided indexing systems.
She took her masters and doctorate in information science and librarianship
from Columbia University. She taught cataloging, indexing and information
science on library school faculties for a number of years before going
into industry, where she was developer and editor of a number of indexes
to newspapers and scholarly works. In 1986 she founded The JELEM
Company, and has served clients as an independent consultant since then.
She has been active in NISO standards work, has published extensively in
the field, and offers workshops on vocabulary management.
Interest statement: The environment within which vocabularies
for providing access to information are developed and used is undergoing
dramatic change. The old pattern of development by a single organization
for its own use, with application by specially trained experts, is no longer
viable. Creator-applied metadata and machine-aided and automatic indexing
are just two developments which are having a major impact on vocabulary
development -- and of course the use of natural language processing sometimes
use of any indexing vocabulary at all. I am concerned with all
of these developments; I wish both to remain current with this rapidly
changing area and to contribute to its growth. (added July 16, 1998).
Web page: http://w3.nai.net/~milstead/
Gopi Nair is with
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) and is responsible for their
new electronic document management system for processing government reports
and other defense documents.
Visual Resources Curator at the University of Pittsburgh, and am active
in many aspects of establishing digital and data standards to be applied
to retrievable images. I am formerly an LC cataloger, and have also worked
as an indexer for the Getty Information Institute. I am in the beginning
stages of setting up policies and procedures for utilizing the AAT, LCTGM,
ICONCLASS, and other useful controlled vocabulary enhancers. I am also
in charge of 2 servers, both networked and running many images through
the ethernet and the internet. ImageAXS Pro and File Maker Pro are
the two databases that I am working with, and I eventually hope to link
up and/or export to a larger database. I have been in this position
for almost one year (being the first professional librarian) having inherited
one of the largest slide collections in the country (650,000) that has
evolved without any classification standards. I am currently working with
Ph.D. candidates who are performing studies on "content" vs. "concept"-based
Slide Library: http://www.pitt.edu/~dnolting/slide.html
is a Field Director for the NPS (National Park Service) Natural Resource
Bibliography Project. She oversees the development of bibliographic databases
of natural resource management and research documents for Park Service
units. This includes creating and maintaining a thesaurus of relevant terminology.
She has also helped create a web interface for this thesaurus (http://188.8.131.52/nrthes/thes.htm).
"My goal is to coordinate the process of thesaurus development
in the area of natural sciences with others involved with similar projects.
I'm particularly interested in joint efforts to create a system of verifying
terminology with existing authoritative sources and subject specialists
and make the results of that work accessible and available to all interested
parties without copyright restrictions." (added 8/20/98)
works at Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. as Collections Information Technology
Coordinator and is responsible for the coordination and implementation
of data standards across all library and curatorial divisions. She is the
chief authority within the museum for controlled vocabulary and terminology
issues. She is currently chairman of the Controlled Vocabulary Special
Interest Group for the Museum Computer Network and will be leading a conference
session concerning term research for thesaurus construction. For
several years she has collaborated with the Getty Information Institute's
Art and Architecture Thesaurus on term research needed to incorporate maritime
vocabulary into the AAT and more recently the Thesaurus of Geographic Names.
Mystic Seaport is currently involved in an ambitious project to create
an integrated information system which will effectively tie together at
least two major databases, a library system (VOYAGER by Endeavor) and a
collections maintenance system (MULTIMIMSY by Willoughby Associates).
As our goal is to provide effective access for a broad range of users,
we have spent considerable time over the past several years defining and
refining our controlled vocabulary both for internal use and to contribute
to standards within the domain of maritime history. We are currently
struggling with finding effective ways to enable our component systems
to access shared authority files as well as thesauri so that we can offer
high precision/controlled vocabulary information retrieval, as well as
more effective keyword search strategies. This workshop will be highly
relevant to our efforts as well as of great interest to me.
is vice president and chief technology officer at Interconnect Technologies
Corporation, Mountain View, CA. He has worked in advanced technology
at Stanford University and HP Labs. Before joining Interconnect,
he served as chief scientist at the Research Institute for Advanced Computer
Science where he developed innovative methods for organizing online information.
He leads Interconnect's products and services for information organization
"It appears to us at Interconnect that the use of metadata standards
in combination with thesauri to help describe and control the vocabulary
used for indexing Internet resources would go a long way towards simplifying
and accurately focusing searches. As the Internet continues to expand,
and the resources become more varied, the need for such focusing tools
will probably increase. To better understand how to create and make
good use of a thesaurus, Interconnect is researching the use of a thesaurus
for indexing computer system vulnerabilities for NIST. In related
earlier work, Interconnect, with the cooperation of Linda Hill, developed
a prototype thesaurus directory. If there is sufficient interest
in that work, we would like to make it available for wider inspection and
has been working in the area of thesauri both practically and theoretically
for over 30 years. He is the author of the still standard text- and handbook
Languages and Thesauri. Construction and Maintenance (Wiley 1974) and
of Organizing Information (Academic Press 1985), which received
the American Society of Information Science Best Book Award, and numerous
papers and presentation on the theory and practice of thesaurus construction.
He has taught courses in thesaurus development at several universities
in the U.S. and Germany and he offers a tutorial on Thesauri for knowledge
based assistance in searching digital libraries, which will be offered
again at the European Digital Library Conference in Crete in September
1998. He has developed a number of thesauri. From 1989 to the present,
he has guided the development of the Alcohol and Other Drug Thesaurus.
He also chairs NIAAA's Thesaurus Advisory committee. He has developed TermMaster,
a thesaurus management software package that can handle an integrated database
of multiple thesauri and that is used in the development and maintenance
of the AOD Thesaurus. He has proposed SemWeb, an open, multifunctional,
multilingual, system for integrated access to knowledge about concepts
and terminology (ISKO proceedings 1996). In 1997, Dr. Soergel received
the highest award of the American Society for Information Science, the
Award of Merit.
Mark Spasser is
currently a research scientist at the Center for Botanical Informatics
(CBI) at the Missouri Botanical Garden. He has a background in the organization
of knowledge with a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from University
of Illinois. Given that much work in botany presupposes diverse taxonomic
viewpoints that structure existing information about plants in different
ways, CBI is developing computer-based tools to help represent differing
taxonomic viewpoints to provide orienting taxonomic feedback to users navigating
floristic digital libraries. Moreover, CBI is exploring collaborative
research arrangements with various institutions, such as the Center for
Tele-Information in Denmark whose research involves studying the construction
and use of "natural" classification schemes in order to develop multimedia
technologies that provide novel means of creating classification systems
that evolve through highly distributed processes. (added 10/13/98)
Linda Hill Spencer
Dr. Spencer is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Project Manager
for the development of the U.S. English portion of the General European
Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus (GEMET) System. As a representative
on the GEMET Expert Work Group and on the Work Group of the Asian and Pacific
Economic Cooperation' s Virtual Center, she is involved in the development
of the GEMET system beyond its current European context into a truly international
environmental terminological system. On behalf of U.S. EPA, Dr. Spencer
also chairs the Ontology Work Group for the Environmental Data Exchange
Network (EDEN). EDEN is a collaborative endeavor with the Department
of Defense, Department of Energy and European Environmental Agency to pilot
new technology that will enable users to query across heterogeneous databases.
From 1992-1996, Dr. Spencer was the Director of the United Nations Environment
Programme's Environmental Information Exchange Network (INFOTERRA).
At UNEP she supervised the development of a multilingual environmental
thesaurus which served as the backbone for the GEMET system. Prior
to her work at UNEP, Dr. Spencer supervised environmental information exchange
activities at U.S. EPA.
"I would like to understand how to bring together a multilingual thesaurus
and the newest and best in technology to retrieve information in a way
that is targeted, reliable and efficient. How can search engines
employ specialized thesauri? Can/should thesauri be deconstructed into
topics functions? How can a thesaurus assist in the better organization
of metadata inventories/registries? How can a thesaurus assist in
the construction of ontology agents employed in data base integration?"
Lori J. Starr
serves as Head of the Thesaurus Section of the Indexing Branch at the National
Agricultural Library. The Thesaurus Section works cooperatively with
CAB International to develop and maintain the CAB Thesaurus, which
is the controlled vocabulary for indexing records contained in NAL's bibliographic
database, AGRICOLA (Agriculture OnLine Access). The Thesaurus Section maintains
an internal thesaurus file for NAL staff. Additionally, Lori serves
as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations for maintenance of the English version of AGROVOC, which
is the controlled vocabulary of the multilingual AGRIS database.
NAL, in partnership with FAO and CAB International, initiated a Unified
Agricultural Thesaurus Project in 1989 which resulted in (1) a classified
version of AGROVOC and (2) an overall UAT Classification that encompasses
the subject areas of both AGROVOC and CAB Thesaurus.
Lori's next challenge is to provide a classification structure for AgNIC
(Agriculture Network Information Center). NAL is anticipating the
release of AGRICOLA on the Internet.
"With the introduction of NAL's database, AGRICOLA, on the Internet,
this raises questions of how NAL can most effectively aid retrieval in
this large (3 million+ records) database to a variety of users. I
believe that thesauri are generally undervalued and they are usually seen
as monsters that slow database production, are not used by searchers, and
eat up staff resources to maintain. My personal goal is to bring
the positive aspects of thesauri "out of the closet" and demonstrate how
the hierarchical structure and relationships contained in the thesaurus
can positively enhance retrieval in an Internet environment. Other
databases on the Internet are already doing this. How can a network
of thesauri further
enable retrieval? What structure needs to be in place at NAL
for data exchange? Listening to what others envision for the future
and how I can apply this to the AGRICOLA database are my goals at the workshop."
is the Associate Director for Digital Media at Clemons Library at the University
of Virginia. She is currently developing an on-line archive of digital
images, owned by or licensed to the University of Virginia, available for
use to our academic community. This archive uses metadata based on the
Visual Resources Association Core and implements a variety of classifications
tools (especially the thesauri developed by the Getty Information Institute
This digital collection will be integrated with the electronic resources
developed in the other electronic centers at the University Library - including
SGML (TEI)-tagged texts at the Electronic Text Center and EAD-based materials
at the Special Collections Digital Center - as the main focus of our Digital
Library initiative. We are researching standards for metadata, descriptive
terminology, and thesauri for this integrated, networked system.
Digital Image Center: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/dic
University of Virginia Library Electronic Centers: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/ecenters.html
is an editor at the American Theological Library Association working on
the ATLA Religion Database and associated print products. She has
fifteen years experience in database indexing/abstracting. ATLA has
recently received a grant of $216,000 from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
This grant will enable ATLA to develop its own Internet node with full
transactional capabilities. The grant will also support the purchase
of CuadraSTAR, an indexing system with authority and thesaurus capabilities
that will support full MARC indexing from local and remote sites.
Our intent is to mount the ATLA Religion Database and associated authority
files on our website for access by our indexers and database subscribers,
as well as by partner projects (such as the Catholic Periodical and Literature
Index which is currently using the ATLA Religion Indexes: Thesaurus) and
by others writing religion thesauri (such as the ETHERELI project of the
International Council of Theological Library Associations). My goal
in relation to this workshop is educational: to gain a fuller understanding
of what I as an indexer/editor need to consider as we plan for the new
software implementation and website presence. What specifications
are other thesauri employing? What emerging standards should we be
aware of? What technical considerations might govern future thesaurus
structure and format?
is with the Computer Studies Department at the University of Glamorgan,
Wales, UK and is the Editor of New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia.
Six years ago the University was commissioned to build a hypermedia museum
exhibit on local history from the photographic archives of the Pontypridd
Historical and Cultural Centre. This inspired a University research assistantship
in collaboration with PHCC that resulted in Carl Taylor's PhD work on semantic
modelling and navigation in museum hypermedia systems. As part of this
work, a number of research prototypes were built investigating a hypermedia
architecture with a semantic index space separate from the document space
(Beynon-Davies et al 1994, Taylor et al 1994). A variety of conventional
hypermedia navigation techniques were implemented with this architecture
(Tudhope et al 1994). Primary access routes were time, space and as subject
index the Social History and Industrial Classification (SHIC). Rather than
using fixed embedded links, navigation was based on queries over an underlying
semantic index space, with results post-processed for expression in a particular
navigation tool. Queries to the database can be simple or complex. Conventional
hypermedia navigation techniques, including both local and global browsers,
guided tours, and Boolean queries can be implemented by relatively simple
underlying queries. More complex queries return partial matches using measures
of semantic closeness between terms in a semantic index space; advanced
navigation options included query expansion when a query fails to return
results and navigation via similarity to current item (Cunliffe, Taylor,
Tudhope 1997). Most existing commercial museum access systems using
thesauri rely on interactive approaches or limited query expansion techniques.
A classification system, or thesaurus, embodies a semantic network of relationships
between terms, the three main thesaurus relationships being hierarchical,
associative and equivalence. Thus there is some inherent notion of distance
between terms, their 'semantic closeness'. Distance measurements can be
exploited to provide more advanced navigation tools. A distance measurement
between terms (and between sets of terms) offers the opportunity for imprecise
information requests. Semantic term expansion lies at the heart of
the measures of closeness between terms in automated term expansion and
similarity measures in retrieval tools.
The intention in future research is to build on the principles underlying
the semantic index space, extending the semantic model to a full set of
thesaurus relationships, and investigate the potential of intelligent navigation
tools in a major museum which can facilitate evaluation. We are currently
implementing underlying models in both relational and semantic database
systems. One issue under consideration is how these tools can be utilised
in a networked environment and how the thesaurus structure and query engine
parameters should be visualised to the user. Our research focus and collaborations
in the museum domain, where there has been recent work on user query analysis
and modelling, may enrich discussion in the workshop.
Beynon-Davies P., Tudhope D., Taylor C., Jones C. 1994. A Semantic
Database Approach to Knowledge-based Hypermedia Systems, Information and
Software Technology, 36(6), 323-329.
Jones C., Taylor C., Tudhope D., Beynon-Davies P. 1996. Conceptual, Spatial
and Temporal Referencing of Multimedia objects. Advances in GIS Research
II, Proceedings 7th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, (eds.
Kraak and Molenaar) , August, Delf, pp 2.13-2.26.
Cunliffe D., Taylor C., Tudhope D. 1997. Query-based navigation in semantically
indexed hypermedia. Proceedings 8th ACM Conference on Hypertext (Hypertext'97),
Southampton. April, pp 87-95.
Taylor C., Tudhope D., & Beynon-Davies P. 1994. Representation and
Manipulation of Conceptual, Temporal and Geographical Knowledge in a Museum
Hypermedia System. Proc. ACM European Conference on Hypermedia Technology
(ECHT'94), Edinburgh, 239-244.
Tudhope D., Beynon-Davies P., Taylor C., Jones C. 1994. Virtual Architecture
based on a Binary Relational Model: A Museum Hypermedia Application, Hypermedia,
Tudhope D., Taylor C., Beynon-Davies P. 1995. Taxonomic Distance: Classification
and Navigation. Proceedings 3rd International Conference on Hypermedia
and Interactivity in Museums: Multimedia Computing and Museums (ed. D.
Bearman), San Diego, October, pp 322-334.
Jones C., Beynon-Davies P., Taylor C., Tudhope D. 1995. GIS, hypermedia,
and historical information access. Proceedings 7th International Conference
of the Museum Documentation Association, Edinburgh, Nov, pp 109-113.
Tudhope D., Taylor C. 1996. Flexible Access to Multimedia Museum Collections.
Proceedings Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts (EVA'96), London, July,
pp 7.1- 7.11
Tudhope D., Taylor C. 1996. A unified similarity coefficient for navigating
through multi-dimensional information. Proc. 59th Conference of the American
Society for Information Science (ASIS'96), 67-70.
Tudhope D., Taylor C. 1997. Navigation via Similarity: automatic
linking based on semantic closeness. Information Processing and Management,
Diane Vizine-Goetz is
a Research Scientist in the OCLC Office of Research. She is team
leader of the knowledge organization research (KOR) team which has had
a long-standing involvement in information organization using classification
systems and controlled vocabularies. When Forest Press, publisher of the
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), became a division of OCLC in 1988,
the KOR team prototyped classifier-assistance tools based on the electronic
version of the DDC. Electronic Dewey and Dewey for Windows are OCLC products
that resulted from that research.
The KOR team is currently investigating techniques for automatically
associating subject-access systems like the DDC and the Library of Congress
Subject Headings for the purpose of expanding the vocabulary of the DDC.
Mapping between schemes is accomplished through the application of corpus-based
natural language processing techniques and statistical information retrieval
techniques. Terminology mapped in this way often represents current and
popular topics not represented by existing captions or Dewey index terms
but within the scope of Dewey knowledge structure. These new associations
(from free text and controlled indexing systems) are being used to enhance
the database components of automated and semi-automated systems that automatically
assign subjects to electronic documents. This work and research to transform
the captions of the DDC into end-user language are aimed at improving category-based
access to electronic documents and making traditional subject access systems
more hospitable for use in a distributed information environment.
From Book Classification to Knowledge Organization: Improving Internet
Resource Description and Discovery. ASIS Bulletin. October/November
1997. Volume 24, No. 1. Accessible at: http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-97/vizine.htm
Evaluating Dewey Concepts as a Knowledge Base for Automatic Subject
Assignment. Electronic version of the paper published in the Digital Libraries
'97: 2nd ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries. Accessible
Library Classification Schemes and Access to Electronic Collections:
Enhancement of the Dewey Decimal Classification with Supplemental Vocabulary.
Published in Advances in classification research Volume 7: proceedings
of the 7th ASIS SIG/CR classification research workshop, 20 October 1996,
Baltimore, Maryland, Paul Solomon, ed., Medford, N. J.: Information Today,
Inc. Accessible at: http://www.oclc.org:5047/~vizine/sig_cr/sigcr_done_dvg.htm
Online Classification: Implications for Classifying and Document[-like
Object] Retrieval. Electronic version of a paper published in Knowledge
organization and change: proceedings of the 4th international ISKO conference,
15-18 July 1996, Washington, D.C., Rebecca Green, ed. Frankfurt/Main: INDEKS
Verlag. Accessible at: http://www.oclc.org:5047/~vizine/isko/dvgisko.htm
Ron Vogel is
an oceanographer with NASA's Global Change Master Directory, an online
directory for scientists to locate data sources in the Earth and environmental
sciences. He has worked on the development of a controlled vocabulary
for Earth science metadata and on interoperability of metadata between
various geospatial data providers.
By restructuring various classification schemes from multiple providers
into a single metadata format (keeping each classification scheme distinct
through the use of a database tag), metadata documents could thus be entered
into a single database and searched. However, users still had to
select one of various classification schemes when conducting a search.
In order to allow seamless searching of all metadata documents, a mapping
between vocabularies could allow documents from the various providers to
be found. While all the classification schemes are environmental,
they do not all cover the exact same environmental domains. In those
instances where one classification scheme cannot be mapped 100% to another
classification scheme, the documents must be retrieved by other means.
Furthermore, in order to move to a distributed search environment where
users may search by one classification and retrieve documents indexed with
another, metadata structures with increased flexibility are necessary.
Is it possible to incorporate multiple classification schemes into single
or multiple metadata formats and still allow seamless document searches?
Global Change Master Directory: http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Madi Weland is
currently a Project Management Assistant with the Getty Information Institute.
Her primary project for the past year has been the "Digital Experience,"
a room in the J. Paul Getty Museum with fourteen computer workstations
dedicated to helping the museum public access cultural content on the World
Wide Web <http://www.getty.edu/digital>.
Prior to joining Getty in 1997, she spent seven years as Curatorial Assistant
at The Eli Broad Family Foundation, a contemporary art foundation in Santa
This August, she will take on a new position of Associate with the Getty
Information Institute, working more closely on projects with Standards
and Vocabulary. (added July 14, 1998)
Marcia Lei Zeng isan
Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at
Kent State University, with major research interests in knowledge organization
and representation, thesaurus and other indexing languages, information
storage and retrieval systems, indexing systems and software, and multilingual
information processing. Recently she has been working on three projects
that are related to this workshop's theme: (1) the design and development
of a visual terminology database for medicinal herbs which is one component
of the Complementary and
Alternative Medicine Digital Library, a joint project of her and three
other P.I.s in Columbia University. In this project she also developed
an online-classification scheme which is used in guided Internet searching
digital library project for a historical fashion collection at Kent State
University, where specialized thesauri and metadata have been studied under
her supervision; and (3) during the last two years, she has generated various
HTML-based templates for publishing thesauri and indexes on the WWW.
Her major purposes of participating in this workshop are to share with
others the specific considerations about presenting thesaurus/classification
systems on networked environments and to contribute to the discussions
of an XML definition for a thesaurus or a general scenario for searching
and navigating a networked thesaurus or classification system. In
addition, she wishes to share experiences and explore alternative approaches
to vocabulary control in the networked environment for specific subject
areas which have strong multi-cultural and multi-lingual aspects.
Visual terminology database for medicinal herbs: http://web.slis.kent.edu/~mzeng/MeshNIH/welcome.htm
(please contact her for the password)
Templates for publishing thesauri and indexes of the WWW: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~slis/zeng/template/intro/toc.html