• Controlled vocabularies as a sphere of influence

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Bracke, Paul; Raghavan, K. S.; Prasad, K. N. (New Delhi, India: Ess Ess Publications, 2006)
      This is a preprint of a paper published in Raghavan, K.S. and Prasad, K.N. (Editors). Assisted by S.K. Lalitha. Knowledge organization, information systems and other essays: Prof. A. Neelameghan festschrift. New Delhi: Ess Ess Publications for Ranganathan Centre for Information Studies, 2006. (pages 89 â 110). Abstract: Objective: The objective of this citation study is to understand the use and influence of the concept of â controlled vocabulariesâ in Geographic Information Science (GIS) as part of a larger goal to distinguish information science from information technology. Methods: Articles with pre-selected descriptors that represented the concept of â controlled vocabulariesâ within GIS were selected from GeoRef and validated in ISI indexes. Bibliographic coupling and content analysis of the article titles were used to draw clusters and understand the influence of the concept of controlled vocabularies in other discipline such as the geosciences. Results and Conclusion: The results from this analysis provide one perspective of the LIS sub-domain of â controlled vocabulariesâ as represented in GeoRef and used in the context of GIS research and scholarship. Findings are used to suggest future research directions to address issues related to better understanding of the concept of â controlled vocabulariesâ and the provision of knowledge organization tools that will promote interdisciplinary understanding. The creation of special, more-finely grained in-depth classifications and thesauri for the concept itself, namely, â controlled vocabularyâ is recommended.
    • DLIST: Opening LIS Research and Practice

      Bracke, Paul; Coleman, Anita Sundaram (2003-01)
      This is an unpublished and longer version of a short paper that was submitted (and not accepted) to JCDL 2003. In this paper we describe our initial goals for DLIST, a digital library for Library and Information Science Research and Practice and for Information Technology as it relates to LIS. DLIST is built upon the open access eprints model, but extends materials in the collection beyond the formal, scholarly literature to include other types of content created by researchers and practitioners. DLIST is intended to promote resource sharing in LIS and IT and to attempt to bridge the gap between research and practice. The notion of open access is briefly discussed as a central tenet for the development of the intellectual commons as an interactive space for learning.
    • DLISTConnection: Information and Technology Literacy Service for NSDL

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Malone, Cheryl Knott; Bracke, Paul (2003-04)
      This is a proposal submitted to the 2003 NSF NSDL solicitation. DLISTConnection will develop and evaluate an information and technology literacy (ITL) service in support of science and health literacy by 1) federating training materials, software documentation, and similar learning objects not systematically collected and described in the NSDL and 2) designing, implementing, and assessing a controlled vocabulary for existing ITL standards by aligning them with science and health literacy benchmarks. Further, DLISTConnection will develop rights management policies to facilitate harvesting and use of diverse learning objects by applying selected rights elements Evaluation will include NSDL testbeds and an informetric analysis of the effectiveness of the metadata for standards and rights. Two new communities, ITL professionals and Native Americans will be involved. DLISTConnection thus builds a foundation for the NSDL goal of science literacy by providing current and new audiences of end-users and collections providers with four innovative yet essential services: 1. addition of health sciences-specific ITL learning objects to the NSDL; 2. availability of crosswalks connecting ITL standards to science and health literacy benchmarks and the mapping of those standards and benchmarks to the learning objects; 3. access to intellectual property rights metadata to facilitate re-use and re-purposing of learning objects; and 4. application of citation indexing and analysis to learning objects.
    • The Integration of Non-OAI Resources for Federated Searching in DLIST, an Eprints Repository

      Coleman, Anita Sundaram; Bracke, Paul; Karthik, Subramaniam; Wilson, Bonita (Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), 2004-07)
      Federated, distributed, and broadcast searches on the Internet depend on an underlying common metadata framework by which the information resources to be searched are organized. The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) is designed to facilitate searches across OAI-compliant databases. Software such as Arc allow service providers to offer federated searching of multiple, OAI-compliant resources. The majority of web-accessible information resources, however, are not OAI-compliant. This article describes a process whereby readily available open source tools and customized scripts were developed for integrating metadata from non-OAI compliant repositories for a federated search. The work described is being carried out as part of the development of the Digital Library of Information Science and Technology (DLIST), an Eprints repository.