File /Humanist.vol22.txt, message 716


From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
To: humanist-AT-lists.digitalhumanities.org
Date: Mon,  4 May 2009 06:18:49 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist]  22.732 controlled vocabularies, static and dynamic


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 732.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    William Allen <wallen-AT-astate.edu>                         (47)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 22.730 controlled vocabularies

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>          (16)
        Subject: building vocabularies


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        Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 15:49:05 -0500
        From: William Allen <wallen-AT-astate.edu>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 22.730 controlled vocabularies
        In-Reply-To: <20090503061914.6ACB85027-AT-woodward.joyent.us>


The Getty is famous for assembling controlled vocabularies for works of art.
The intro page is
http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/
_____
William Allen
Prof. Art History

On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 1:19 AM, Humanist Discussion Group <
willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 730.
>         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
>                       www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                Submit to: humanist-AT-lists.digitalhumanities.org
>
>
>
>        Date: Sat, 02 May 2009 16:47:43 -0500
>        From: John Laudun <jlaudun-AT-mac.com>
>        >
>
> On 2009-05-02, at 01:04 , Humanist Discussion Group wrote:
>
> > I'm trying to ascertain the existence of specific controlled
> > vocabularies in
> > the humanities and social sciences (and/or fields therein).  I'm
> > particularly interested in those used with institutional
> > repositories, if
> > they exist.  If you know of controlled vocabularies that are widely
> > accepted
> > and used in the relevant fields outside of IRs (in journals, for
> > example),
> > I'd appreciate pointers to those too.
>
> Folklorists have something like this with the Ethnographic Thesaurus.
> You can find it on the website of the American Folklore Society:
>
> http://et.afsnet.org/
>
> --
> John Laudun
> Department of English
> University of Louisiana – Lafayette
> Lafayette, LA 70504-4691
> 337-482-5493
> laudun-AT-louisiana.edu
> http://johnlaudun.org/
> ResearcherID: A-5742-2009
> Twitter/Facebook/Flickr: johnlaudun


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        Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 07:17:41 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: building vocabularies
        In-Reply-To: <20090503061914.6ACB85027-AT-woodward.joyent.us>

Slightly off the topic of existing controlled vocabularies, I'd like to 
know if thought has been given to the activity of building and 
rebuilding them -- i.e. of modelling ideas on the fly. It's obvious, I 
suppose, how to do this more or less manually, using e.g. a concordance 
program on a relatively coherent text or collection. But with larger 
collections of highly disparate texts, it would seem to me that some 
human-machine mechanism for building up a vocabulary to suit a specific 
purpose would be possible -- and better than Roget's or even WordNet. 
Has anyone thought about this?

Yours,
WM
-- 
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.



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