2005-01-13

Glossary of terms relating to thesauri and other forms of structured vocabulary for information retrieval

Confusion often arises when different people use terms to mean different things. This list is based on definitions drawn up by a group of four consultants who specialise in the development and use of thesauri and other forms of structured vocabulary for information retrieval, Stella Dextre Clarke, Alan Gilchrist, Ron Davies and Leonard Will. The authors do not claim that these definitions are "correct" and that other meanings are "wrong", but recommend these definitions as being a consistent and well-defined set which will aid communication by encouraging everyone to use the same words with the same meaning.