Harmonizing professional and non-professional classifications for enhanced knowledge representation

Barbara H. Kwasnik, Mary Grace Flaherty

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Abstract

We compare two separate but related classification schemes in the area of medical information in order to better understand how they might be used together and inform one another. First we examine a "professional" scheme, the thesaurus of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. We contrast this with the "naïve" scheme used by the consumer health website, WebMD.com. Using the term autism we compared the strengths and limitations from the perspective of vocabulary, syntax and classificatory structure, context, and warrant. We conclude that in terms of vocabulary and concepts, MeSH may benefit from WebMD's approach to ongoing updates and currency as well as the contextualization of terms. At the same time, WebMD may benefit from some form of vocabulary control for richer expansion of terms and archival retrieval.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationParadigms and Conceptual Systems in Knowledge Organization - Proceedings of the 11th International ISKO Conference
PublisherInternational Society for Knowledge Organization
Pages229-235
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783899137460
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Event11th International Conference on International Society for Knowledge Organization, ISKO 2010 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Feb 23 2010Feb 26 2010

Publication series

NameAdvances in Knowledge Organization
Volume12
ISSN (Print)0938-5495

Other

Other11th International Conference on International Society for Knowledge Organization, ISKO 2010
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period2/23/102/26/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Kwasnik, B. H., & Flaherty, M. G. (2010). Harmonizing professional and non-professional classifications for enhanced knowledge representation. In Paradigms and Conceptual Systems in Knowledge Organization - Proceedings of the 11th International ISKO Conference (pp. 229-235). (Advances in Knowledge Organization; Vol. 12). International Society for Knowledge Organization.