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Metadata and Content Management Systems: An Introduction for Indexers (PDF, 203KB)

The Indexer,
Vol. 24, No. 2, October 2004

Although many companies are implementing content management systems that require metadata for their proper operation, many organizations lack the expertise to create proper metadata and controlled vocabularies. Indexes, with their skills of concept identification and term selection can extend their skills into the area of CV development. This article provides an introduction to the concepts and techniques indexers will need to work in this area.

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Controlled Vocabularies: A Glosso-Thesaurus
by Karl Fast, Fred Leise and Mike Steckel
In part 4 of the continuing series on controlled vocabularies and faceted classification, the authors present a glossary of terms to help cut through through the verbiage often found in this field. And this glossary is more than just a list of terms. The glossary is itself a controlled vocabulary.

Synonym Rings and Authority Files
by Karl Fast, Fred Leise and Mike Steckel
The third in our series of articles, this provides details about two of the simplest types of controlled vocabularies.
Creating a Controlled Vocabulary
by Karl Fast, Fred Leise and Mike Steckel
The second in our series of articles, this discusses one methodology for creating a controlled vocabulary.
All About Facets & Controlled Vocabularies
by Karl Fast, Mike Steckel and Fred Leise
This is the first in a series of articles offering an introduction to controlled vocabularies and faceted classification, showing how they can be created and used to improve content access.

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Previous Publication: "Indexing in the Electronic World" in Starting an Indexing Business, 4th ed.

This significantly revised edition of the must-have reference for new and aspiring freelance indexers includes advice on these topics and more:

  • Setting up an indexing business
  • How indexers learn their trade and stay up-to-date
  • Finding clients and setting fees
  • Packagers: Who are they and what do they do?
  • Indexing while holding a full-time job
  • Liability issues

The book also includes a sample letter of agreement setting out terms between an indexer and author, a mini-salary survey with insight into the earnings potential in the field, and a handy business start-up checklist.

Previous Publication:
"Controlled vocabularies: an introduction"

in The Indexer: the international journal of indexing, Volume 26, Number 3, September 2008, pp. 121–126

This article introduces basic concepts and terminology associated with the field of controlled vocabularies.

General topics discussed are indexes versus controlled vocabularies (CVs), an introduction to what CVs are and how they are used, the use of facets with controlled vocabularies, and CV governance and maintenance issues.

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Indexing for Editors and Authors: A Practical Guide to Understanding Indexes
Published May 2008
by Information Today, Inc.

Designed for editors, authors, and project managers, this book explains what indexes are, types of indexes, characteristics of good indexes, and format and length considerations.

Included are dozens of practical tips and over 100 examples of both good and bad indexing practices.

The authors also detail the process of hiring an indexer, editor/author/indexer relationships, and editing a completed index.

This book is also a useful guide to indexers on navigating the sometimes turbulent waters of the publishing process; it also includes useful information on how to explain indexing processes to authors and editors.

Co-authored with Kate Mertes and Nan Badgett for the American Society for Indexing.

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