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The Role of Subject Access in Information Filtering

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Title: The Role of Subject Access in Information Filtering
Author(s): Fidel, Raya; Crandall, Michael
Subject(s): digital Libraries electronic information resources subject access filtering filter criteria
Abstract: The sheer amount of electronic information makes filtering a vital component of contemporary information work. Field observations of managers and engineers at the Boeing Company who received filtered information about computer-related topics revealed criteria they used to select, and those they used to reject, documents within their subject inter-est. Responses to a questionnaire indicated that some criteria are used more frequently and are more important than others. The few criteria that related to the subject matter of the documents were not limited to a subject domain. Other criteria addressed the form of the documents, their content, and writing style. In addition, some criteria were stable and somewhat objective and others were situational and subjective. An examination of these criteria shows that many of them could be used in filtering, in addition to subject-based mechanisms, and that they might be particularly useful for systems with multiple sources because they can provide a useful filter that is not based on the subject domain.
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Fidel, Raya; Crandall, Michael (1998) The Role of Subject Access in Information Filtering. In Pauline Atherton Cochrane; Eric H. Johnson (Eds.) (1998) Visualizing Subject Access for 21st Century Information Resources [papers presented at the 1997 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, March 2-4, 1997] : 16-27.
Series/Report: Visualizing subject access for 21st century information resources [papers presented at the 1997 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, March 2-4, 1997 Urbana-Champaign]
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/25991
ISBN: 0-87845-103-X
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
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