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Thesaurus-enhanced Visual Interfaces for Multilingual Information Retrieval

Ali Shiri, Stan Ruecker, Karl Anvik, Ximena Rossello

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


Abstract

The aim of this paper is to report on the development of a visual interface for multilingual thesauri to support thesaurus-based browsing and searching of multilingual digital collections (Figure 1). One of the major issues addressed by this research was to explore the ways in which subject access can be provided based on thesauri as an integral part of the search process. Most of current information search and retrieval systems provide a separate procedure or step to make use of thesauri for searching or browsing. Some of them have thesauri in advanced search facilities only. This will result in the lack of awareness on the part of users to know about and to be able to make use of semantic support exists within thesauri. Our objective was to develop an interface which provides seamless access to the thesaurus while having control over the search process in a multilingual environment.


  
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