Metadata and Semantic Research

Volume 108 of the series Communications in Computer and Information Science pp 312-319

Towards Quality Measures for Evaluating Thesauri

  • Daniel KlessAffiliated withUniversity of Melbourne
  • , Simon MiltonAffiliated withUniversity of Melbourne

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Thesaurus evaluation has often focused on the task of retrieval or analyzed the information environment including factors such as the user, the user interface. Rarely ever has the quality of a thesaurus as an artefact itself been focus of attention. In particular, there are no measures, which provide a holistic description of its intrinsic characteristics as an artefact. This paper suggests a range of abstract measurement constructs based on quality notions in thesaurus literature and inference from other related literature. The suggested measurement constructs allow representing a thesaurus in evaluation approaches, which thereby becomes empirically testable.


Thesaurus evaluation thesaurus measures