School of Information Management & Systems. Spring 2000.
245   Organization of Information in Collections.   Buckland.

Exercise 6: Entry Vocabulary Indexes. Due April 10.

The purpose is to illustrate "entry vocabulary" (aka Relative) indexes and also see metadata values displayed in context. Use Netscape and a Berkeley IP address. Go to "prototypes" page
Let graphic top left cycle through its routine.

1. Scroll down and click on LCC which puts you into an entry vocabulary index embedded in CHESHIRE system which is an online catalog for Berkeley's Science Libraries.
Set language to All languages (English), Then, in Search Text box, enter   "Alien life forms"   and click on Search. What LC Classification number and what LC Subject Headings are recommended?

2. Click on "Back" , change language to Russian and enter the romanized Russian word   "logika"   in the search text box and click on Search button. (In this case CHESHIRE retains the assumption that you really do want material in Russian).

3. Go back to the Prototypes page, scroll down to Patents and ensure that the choices are Natural Language and U.S. then click on GO.
Enter   "peanut butter"   as search request and observe the result.
Click on the lowest little circle of the first ranked result, where it says "In butter form (426/633.00)"
Then above that entry select "Search U.S. Patents Database with a selected code" and submit selection to go find patents. The Berkeley prototype forwards your query to the US Patent & Trademark Office web-accessible database of the first pages of patents at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. You should get a list of patents assigned that classification number in a window. Click on one and take a look. Patents look a bit like overgrown MARC records.

4. Now for a mapping between system vocabularies. Delete the Patent Office webpage window. Return to the pale yellow page listing U.S. Patents Classification Codes with the peanut butter result. This time select "Look up International Patents Classification codes associated with selected US code" then click on the Submit Search button and a short ranked list of International Patent Classification codes will appear in a window. Click on your choice, then on "Submit Selection" and your search will be forwarded to the WIPO patent database in Geneva, Switzerland.

5. Return to the Prototypes page, select the INSPEC "General" database, and try a search for "Selecting Information." When you get a ranked list, click on the box next to Information Retrieval, scroll down, select SEARCH THESAURUS then Submit Selection. When Information Retrieval appears, positioned in its hierarchy, try navigating in the INSPEC Thesaurus by clicking on any one other term then scroll down, select SEARCH THESAURUS then Submit Selection. Repeat as interested, the send off the search to the INSPEC database of the California Digital Library, scrolling down, selecting SEARCH DATABASE then Submit Selection.

6. Return to the Prototypes page and do a search on a topic of your choice in the database of your choice. What did you find and where?

Optional: For an introduction to work on entry vocabulary indexes see:
Mapping Entry Vocabulary to Unfamiliar Metadata Vocabularies. D-Lib Magazine Vol.5 No.1 January 1999.