typology of controlled vocabularies

The other day, there was a discussion on ‘general types of controlled vocabularies’ on the SKOS list. Some texts were proposed that cover this issue:

“Ontology metadata framework, a doctoral thesis in which there is a typology of controlled vocabularies based on G. Hodge’s “Systems of Knowledge Organization for Digital Libraries”

NISO 39.19 – Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and management of Monolingual Thesauri

Terminology Services and Technology JISC state of the art review

[All of these are listed in the ISKO UK topics and standards pages respectively.]

I was wondering… if we wish to read about the typology of indexing languages where should we look? Are some of these still relevant?

    “Subject approach to information” by A.C. Foskett (1999)
    “Languages of indexing and classification” by W. J. Hutchins (1975)
    “Abstracting and Indexing” J. Rowley (1988)
    “Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice” by F. W. Lancaster (2003)
    “Indexing languages and Thesauri”(1974) or “Organizing Information” (2006) by Dagobert Soergel
    “Subject analysis and indexing: theoretical foundation and practical advice ” by Robert Fugmann? (1993)

    or e.g.:
    Documentation – methods for examining documents, determining their subjects, and selecting indexing terms: international standard 5963. Geneva, International Standard Organization, 1985

… etc.


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