Database indexing workshop
Date: 29-07-2011 09:00
Database Indexing Workshop
To be confirmed
9am - 12pm, 29 July 2011.
This half-day course covers indexing of items (journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, books, collections, etc) for inclusion in electronic databases. A session on pictorial indexing is also included. Practical exercises are supplied.
I will not be making any assumptions on your previous experience in database indexing or thesaurus construction.
What to bring to the workshop:
To explain the basics of database indexing and thesaurus construction I will be using postcards. We will be developing a database for a collection of postcards and indexing the postcards. In the Theasurus Construction workshop we will be constructing a thesaurus of possible terms to assist with indexing the postcards.
So before the Workshop I would like you to rummage and see if you can find any examples of postcards to bring. Perhaps you have received them from friends and have them on your fridge or notice board, perhaps your local café has free advertising postcards promoting local events, perhaps you collected them during your travels. Don’t worry if you can’t find any, but if you can bring some samples that would be wonderful.
The only other things you need to bring are pen/pencil and notebook/paper to make notes. I will be handing out copies of my slides and a detailed list of references.
Unless you like to make notes directly into a netbook/laptop there will be no need to bring one.
The aim of the workshop is to give a practical introduction to database indexing and to think broader than just databases of bibliographical information.
Database indexing can be applied to all sorts of databases of information and to help explain the basics we will be working out how to construct a database for a collection of postcards.
Particular areas covered include:
- Types of database indexes
- Indexing policy – materials for inclusion
- Database structure
- Purpose and types of abstracts
- Choosing elements of the article for inclusion in the abstract
- Use of thesauruses and selection of keywords
- Non-thesaurus terms
- Checking the entry
- Pictorial indexing
Participants are strongly advised to take both the database and thesaurus courses.
Instructor: Mary Russell, ANZSI President
$150 for non-members; $125 for ANZSI members.
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