Webinar: Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

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Heather Hedden presents –

Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

February 7, 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST

One of the main ways that a taxonomy, thesaurus, or any controlled vocabulary is valuable is that it brings together various synonyms or different wordings of the same concept together so that users retrieve the desired results despite different ways to describe it. Thus, an important part of creating good taxonomies is developing useful variants for terms. These may be called synonyms, alternative labels, nonpreferred terms, etc. This presentation explains the different types of variants and provides thorough instruction on creating them. Topics covered include: definitions, examples, usage, types, creation and implementation, how many to create, impact of the user interface and search, and variations/customizations.
This is an expanded version of a presentation delivered at Taxonomy Boot Camp London in October.
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, where she edits the subject thesaurus for the indexing/retrieval of Gale research database content and develops and edits discipline taxonomies for educational products. Previously she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant, First Wind, and Project Performance Corporation and also as an independent taxonomy consultant at Hedden Information Management. Heather has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing, and she is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist.

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