Using the Web to Construct Taxonomy for a Heterogeneous Community of Practice

Taksa, Isak & Spink, Amanda H. (2006) Using the Web to Construct Taxonomy for a Heterogeneous Community of Practice. In Latifi, S. (Ed.) Third International Information Technology: New Generations, 2006. ITNG 2006.

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A heterogeneous community of practice spans many disciplines, industries and professions. Members of these communities are united by common research, products and experiences but are frequently separated by specialized vocabulary and industry terms. This lack of language commonality presents a challenge to efficiently locating relevant Web based information which usually depends on the user’s knowledge of the field and ability to select suitable terms to formulate a search query. Research and practice have shown that the quality of information retrieval is significantly improved when taxonomy is employed to organize terms that describe the search domain. This paper presents an innovative, collaborative approach to building taxonomy for a particular domain, populating it with Web content and sharing it among members of the community of practice. A model is built and results and implications are discussed.

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ID Code: 9209
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: categorization, digital library, information retrieval, taxonomy, text
DOI: 10.1109/ITNG.2006.137
ISBN: 0769524974
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 IEEE
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Deposited On: 30 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:25

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