Towards Semantic Quality Control of Automatic Subject Indexing

  • Martin ToepferEmail author
  • Christin Seifert
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10450)


Automatic subject indexing is a key technology for digital libraries, however, factors like concept drift hinder its success in practice. Releasing high-quality results into productive retrieval systems may still be possible when thorough quality control is applied, which may support algorithmic improvements and allow to create high precision filters. Since errors and their relevance can depend on characteristics of concepts and their relations, evaluations should take semantic aspects into account. For this reason, we present the prototype of a web-based reviewing tool which especially aims at fostering semantic analysis and visualization, that is, considering relations, properties and semantic categories of concepts, algorithms and reviews. The tool uses techniques of the Semantic Web. Its application is demonstrated by example.


Quality control Automatic subject indexing Semantics 



We would like to thank the indexing professionals who set the reviewing guidelines for valuable feedback, and thank the anonymous reviewer, who pointed us to related work in other domains, for constructive advice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for EconomicsKielGermany
  2. 2.University of PassauPassauGermany

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