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How to Build a Thesaurus
Full Day, Saturday, October 18, 2003, 9:00am-5:00pm (separate fee)

This day will cover an overview of the parts of a classic thesaurus and authority files and their construction. A thesaurus is an outline of knowledge and used heavily in content and knowledge management. A taxonomy is the hierarchical view of a thesaurus. We will cover the theory behind these outlines of knowledge. The audience will be shown the differences in, and definitions of, thesauri (concepts, methods, and processes) and then authority files (people, places, and things). We will cover why you should build one, how you create one, where you can use it, and how it works.

Using thesaurus software, we will go over the rules for construction of a thesaurus. Terms and source materials will be provided. Each part of the thesaurus record will be explained and then the participants will create a mini thesaurus that we will enter into thesaurus management software.

Having created term records, we will then create content and context sensitive algorithms for inclusion in a concept extraction engine for the automatic tagging, indexing, and categorization of content.


Marjorie M.K. Hlava is President of Access Innovations, Inc., an international database and information management services company she founded in 1978. Margie is responsible for directing overall corporate operations for Access. Marjorie's consultancy expertise includes project design, workflow analysis, project administration, database design, taxonomy and thesaurus development and maintenance, and software development. Margie's chosen area of research is natural language processing. Margie established a MAI system for use internally at Access and has been working to implement larger scale Intranet projects using Internet architecture and XML, HTML, and .gif scaled files. This work led her to research and develop a new Access product - the Data Harmony software modules, a suite of tools consisting of an XML Intranet System (XIS), the Machine Aided Indexer (M.A.I.), and the Thesaurus Master (TM).

Jay Ven Eman, Ph.D.,is CEO of Access Innovations, Inc. He oversees database production services and is responsible for the design and the conversion process of large, legacy databases for the company's clients. Besides helping with the day-to-day business of Access Innovations, Jay writes, conducts workshops, and is one of the company's primary consultants.

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