The evolution of thesauri and the history of knowledge organization

between the sword of mapping knowledge and the wall of keeping it simple




Thesauri, Evolution, Interoperability, User experience, Cost-effectiveness, Semantic web


Thesauri are considered as an optimum between maximum ontological modelling (best knowledge mapping) and minimal alphabetic ordering (less expensive access). From this point of view a swift history of its evolution is provided. The recent evolutions in Internet searching are also analysed from this perspective. In this context, there is an immediate role for thesauri to ensure interoperability and feed up the new Internet semantic engines; and in the long term as a simple semantic user interface for resource discovery and navigation, which ensures proper transparency and control by the user who wants to take the effort to supervise and analyse its search processes. It is proposed that better devices for ensuring semantic sorting are provided when necessary, and that a distributed hub for thesauri interconnection is provided, perhaps using the existent big open Internet semantic facilities, as Wikipedia


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Biografia do Autor

Francisco Javier Garcia Marco, Universidad de Zaragoza

achieved his PhD in Philosophy and Arts in 1994 and is Professor of Information and Library Science at the University of Zaragoza from 1996. He has been director of the Department of Library and Information Science and organized the LIS postgraduate programme of the University of Zaragoza. He is chair of Ibersid, an international conference in information and documentation Systems (1996-), the director of the journals "Scire" and “Ibersid”, and a committee member of several Spanish and Brazilian journals. He has researched and published extensively on the theory of information, knowledge organization and digital change.






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Garcia Marco, F. J. “The Evolution of Thesauri and the History of Knowledge Organization: Between the Sword of Mapping Knowledge and the Wall of Keeping It Simple”. Brazilian Journal of Information Science: Research Trends, vol. 10, nº 1, março de 2016, doi:10.36311/1981-1640.2016.v10n1.01.p1.