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Publication date: 1 August 2000

Ali Asghar Shiri and Crawford Revie

This article provides an overview of recent developments relating to the application of thesauri in information organisation and retrieval on the World Wide Web. It…

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This article provides an overview of recent developments relating to the application of thesauri in information organisation and retrieval on the World Wide Web. It describes some recent thesaurus projects undertaken to facilitate resource description and discovery and access to wide‐ranging information resources on the Internet. Types of thesauri available on the Web, thesauri integrated in databases and information retrieval systems, and multiple‐thesaurus systems for cross‐database searching are also discussed. Collective efforts and events in addressing the standardisation and novel applications of thesauri are briefly reviewed.

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Online Information Review, vol. 24 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 14 June 2011

Ramazan Nacar and Sebnem Burnaz

This study aims to analyse the appropriateness of the information content and organization of multinational companies' (MNCs) web sites for Turkish local cultural values…

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Purpose

This study aims to analyse the appropriateness of the information content and organization of multinational companies' (MNCs) web sites for Turkish local cultural values with the aim of supporting global brand management decisions.

Design/methodology/approach

In order to gather data for the study, 108 MNCs' web sites are analysed by content analysis which is an objective, systematic and quantitative way of conducting information about communication content.

Findings

It is seen from the analyses that foreign multinationals could adapt their web sites' information content to local markets appropriately and sufficiently. However, the face (language) and the way (menu) that these data are presented were not adapted as compared to information content on their web sites.

Research limitations/implications

This study has mainly considered the company side of web sites and neglects the consumer side. Future researchers interested in this area could also investigate how consumers perceive adaptation activities of foreign multinationals through web sites in their countries.

Originality/value

One of the major decisions MNCs face in using web sites regards how to organize and present the web site content to fit local needs and values. Although adaptation becomes a major concern, there is no standard for the multicultural content of web sites. There are several cross‐cultural studies in the literature which compare countries by correlating the analysed variables with Hofstede's scores. Rather than comparing home and host countries of foreign multinationals based on certain dimensions, it is found to be more appropriate to assess on what terms and to what degree these companies could adapt or standardize their global communication channels, namely their web sites, in Turkey.

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Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, vol. 14 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-2752

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Publication date: 17 April 2007

Mohammad Nasir Uddin and Paul Janecek

The purpose of this paper is to develop and implement a faceted classification structure to improve web information organization, access and navigability.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop and implement a faceted classification structure to improve web information organization, access and navigability.

Design/methodology/approach

Some case studies of commercial web sites using faceted metadata were analyzed to develop the classification approach. The proposed framework adapts the facet analysis theory from Faceted Classification System (FCS) to use semantic web tools especially XML and RDF store, and ontology, and is designed to be integrated within a Content Management System (CMS). A detailed example of a faceted classification system for an academic information system is used to demonstrate the construction of an FCS from metadata.

Findings

Detailed examples show how classifying and organizing information in multidimensional hierarchies is more accessible than simple one‐dimensional taxonomic hierarchies.

Research limitations/implications

A prototype, based on the proposed framework, is being developed using the web site of an academic institution as a case study.

Originality/value

Enhances the FCS research with a notion of integrating ontology driven faceted classification structures by XML/RDF language and content management tools. A dynamic approach to organizing and searching web information provides users with multiple ways of accessing information based on their knowledge and information needs.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 25 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 8 July 2013

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New Directions in Information Organization
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-559-3

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Publication date: 1 December 2003

Allison Level and Sarah Myers

Collection development activities are an important and ongoing component of every library. The historically paper‐driven environment of this work is changing. With…

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Collection development activities are an important and ongoing component of every library. The historically paper‐driven environment of this work is changing. With intranets and Web authoring tools, digitizing your collection development workflow enables libraries to have an increased level of efficiency and accessibility. This article outlines the creation, development, and implementation of Web accessible collection development tools. These tools integrate procedures, forms, policies, and library organization Web sites. Information about project revisions, modifications, and suggestions for future projects is included. A coordinated collection development Web site may consist of online tools, Web resources, work‐flow processes, instructions and other information for selectors and library staff, as well as information for library patrons.

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Collection Building, vol. 22 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 13 April 2012

Alton Y.K. Chua, Dion H. Goh and Rebecca P. Ang

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extent to which Web 2.0 applications are prevalent in government web sites, the ways in which Web 2.0 applications have…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extent to which Web 2.0 applications are prevalent in government web sites, the ways in which Web 2.0 applications have been used in government web sites, as well as whether the presence of Web 2.0 applications correlates with the perceived quality of government web sites.

Design/methodology/approach

Divided equally between developing and advanced economies, a total of 200 government web sites were analysed using content analysis and multiple regression analysis.

Findings

The prevalence of seven Web 2.0 applications in descending order was: RSS, multimedia sharing services, blogs, forums, social tagging services, social networking services and wikis. More web sites in advanced countries include Web 2.0 applications than those in developing countries. The presence of Web 2.0 applications was found to have a correlation with the overall web site quality, and in particular, service quality.

Research limitations/implications

This paper only covers government web sites in English. Emerging genres of Web 2.0 applications such as mashups and virtual worlds have not been included. Moreover the data were drawn solely from the public domain.

Practical implications

Decision makers and e‐government web developers may benchmark their own efforts in deploying Web 2.0 applications against this study. The numerous exemplars cited here serve as a springboard to generate more ideas on how Web 2.0 applications could be used and harnessed to improve the overall quality of government web sites.

Originality/value

This paper unites two research interests: Web 2.0 and web site quality. It also extends previous studies by investigating the suite of Web 2.0 applications found in government web sites around the world.

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Online Information Review, vol. 36 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 20 July 2005

Odin L. Jurkowski

Higher education, and in particular libraries, have changed significantly over the last decade due to the adoption of technological advancements such as the Internet and…

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Higher education, and in particular libraries, have changed significantly over the last decade due to the adoption of technological advancements such as the Internet and the World Wide Web. The multitude of ways patrons can interact with librarians and library resources has been only the latest step in a very long process which started with traditional snail mail and the phone. As educators, librarians have always been interested in using new tools to improve services. These services are increasingly being made available to patrons who do not physically enter a library building. This paper looks at what library services are currently being offered to students at a distance in order to better plan for the future.

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Advances in Library Administration and Organization
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ISBN: 978-1-84950-338-9

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New Directions in Information Organization
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Publication date: 1 August 2005

Ming Yin Ming, Dion Hoe‐lian Goh, Ee‐Peng Lim and Aixin Sun

A web site usually contains a large number of concept entities, each consisting of one or more web pages connected by hyperlinks. In order to discover these concept…

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A web site usually contains a large number of concept entities, each consisting of one or more web pages connected by hyperlinks. In order to discover these concept entities for more expressive web site queries and other applications, the web unit mining problem has been proposed. Web unit mining aims to determine web pages that constitute a concept entity and classify concept entities into categories. Nevertheless, the performance of an existing web unit mining algorithm, iWUM, suffers as it may create more than one web unit (incomplete web units) from a single concept entity. This paper presents two methods to solve this problem. The first method introduces a more effective web fragment construction method so as reduce later classification errors. The second method incorporates site‐specific knowledge to discover and handle incomplete web units. Experiments show that incomplete web units can be removed and overall accuracy has been significantly improved, especially on the precision and F1 measures.

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International Journal of Web Information Systems, vol. 1 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1744-0084

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Publication date: 30 November 2010

Hsiao‐Tieh Pu

Clustering web search results into dynamic clusters and hierarchies provides a promising way to alleviate the overabundance of information typically found in ranked list…

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Purpose

Clustering web search results into dynamic clusters and hierarchies provides a promising way to alleviate the overabundance of information typically found in ranked list search engines. This study seeks to investigate the usefulness of clustering textual results in web search by analysing the search performance and users' satisfaction levels with and without the aid of clusters and hierarchies.

Design/methodology/approach

This study utilises two evaluation metrics. One is a usability test of clustering interfaces measured by users' search performances; the other is a comprehension test measured by users' satisfaction levels. Various methods were used to support the two tests, including experiments, observations, questionnaires, interviews, and search log analysis.

Findings

The results showed that there was no significant difference between the ranked list and clustering interfaces, although participants searched slightly faster, retrieved a larger number of relevant pages, and were more satisfied when using the ranked list interface without clustering. Even so, the clustering interface offers opportunities for diversified searching. Moreover, the repetitive ratio of relevant results found by each participant was low. Other advantages of the clustering interface are that it highlights important concepts and offers richer contexts for exploring, learning and discovering related concepts; however, it may induce a certain amount of anxiety about missing or losing important information.

Originality/value

The evaluation of a clustering interface is rather difficult, particularly in the context of the web search environment, which is used by a large heterogeneous user population for a wide variety of tasks. The study employed multiple data collection methods and in particular designed a combination of usability and comprehension tests to offer preliminary results on users' evaluation of real‐world clustering search interfaces. The results may extend the understanding of search characteristics with a cluster‐based web search engine, and could be used as a vehicle for further discussion of user evaluation research into this area.

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Online Information Review, vol. 34 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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