Challenges in creating a taxonomy of genres of digital documents

B. H. Kwaśnik, Y. L. Chun, K. Crowston, J. D'Ignazio, J. Rubleske

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Abstract

We report on the process and difficulties of building a taxonomy of genres of digital documents. The taxonomy is being created to be used in the experimental phase of an ongoing study to learn about the usefulness of providing genre information to support information-seeking tasks. To build the taxonomy, we conducted field studies to collect webpage-genre information from 55 respondents: K-12 teachers, journalists, and engineers, who routinely use the web for information seeking. Challenges described in this paper include the difficulties respondents experienced in identifying and naming genres and that the researchers faced in unambiguously linking the genre identifications with clues to genre attributes and purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKnowledge Organization for a Global Learning Society - Proceedings of the 9th International ISKO Conference
PublisherInternational Society for Knowledge Organization
Pages225-231
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)3899135237, 9783899135237
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event9th International Conference on International Society for Knowledge Organization, ISKO 2006 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Jul 4 2006Jul 7 2006

Publication series

NameAdvances in Knowledge Organization
Volume10
ISSN (Print)0938-5495

Other

Other9th International Conference on International Society for Knowledge Organization, ISKO 2006
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period7/4/067/7/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

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