Exploration of Interdisciplinarity in Nanotechnology Queries: The Use of Transaction Log analysis and Thesauri

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105413
Title:
Exploration of Interdisciplinarity in Nanotechnology Queries: The Use of Transaction Log analysis and Thesauri
Author:
Shiri, Ali
Editors:
Breitenstein, Mikel; Loschko, Cheryl Lin
Citation:
Exploration of Interdisciplinarity in Nanotechnology Queries: The Use of Transaction Log analysis and Thesauri 2009,
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105413
Submitted date:
2009-11-06
Abstract:
Nanoscience and technology is characterized by nano researchers as an increasingly interdisciplinary domain, drawing upon such disciplines as chemistry, physics, materials science, and computer, electrical, mechanical and biomedical engineering. A key challenge faced by information professionals involved in organizing and providing the related information services is to efficiently identify information resources and to carry out inclusive and effective searches in a diverse and heterogeneous range of digital libraries, web-based databases and search engines. This demand emphasizes the importance of thinking about and developing methodological models for investigating interdisciplinary knowledge organization practices. This 2008 study examined the extent of interdisciplinarity in user queries submitted to the NANOnetBASE digital library. Transaction logs of the digital library were analyzed to explore usersâ search behaviour patterns and to examine the extent to which user queries were interdisciplinary. The Inspect thesaurus and Classification codes were utilized the disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus of the queries. The results indicate that 62% of the unique top terms resulting from mapping usersâ query terms to the INSPEC Classification codes represented two or more disciplines, specifically terms associated with the Classification code â Aâ representing â physics.â The results contribute to the development of more critical information organization and classification practices in such an increasingly interdisciplinary domain as nanoscience and technology.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Retrieval; Digital Libraries; Interdisciplinarity; Knowledge Organization
Local subject classification:
ASIST; SIG-CR; nanotechnology

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dc.contributor.authorShiri, Alien_US
dc.contributor.editorBreitenstein, Mikelen_US
dc.contributor.editorLoschko, Cheryl Linen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-06T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:25:01Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.submitted2009-11-06en_US
dc.identifier.citationExploration of Interdisciplinarity in Nanotechnology Queries: The Use of Transaction Log analysis and Thesauri 2009,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105413-
dc.description.abstractNanoscience and technology is characterized by nano researchers as an increasingly interdisciplinary domain, drawing upon such disciplines as chemistry, physics, materials science, and computer, electrical, mechanical and biomedical engineering. A key challenge faced by information professionals involved in organizing and providing the related information services is to efficiently identify information resources and to carry out inclusive and effective searches in a diverse and heterogeneous range of digital libraries, web-based databases and search engines. This demand emphasizes the importance of thinking about and developing methodological models for investigating interdisciplinary knowledge organization practices. This 2008 study examined the extent of interdisciplinarity in user queries submitted to the NANOnetBASE digital library. Transaction logs of the digital library were analyzed to explore usersâ search behaviour patterns and to examine the extent to which user queries were interdisciplinary. The Inspect thesaurus and Classification codes were utilized the disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus of the queries. The results indicate that 62% of the unique top terms resulting from mapping usersâ query terms to the INSPEC Classification codes represented two or more disciplines, specifically terms associated with the Classification code â Aâ representing â physics.â The results contribute to the development of more critical information organization and classification practices in such an increasingly interdisciplinary domain as nanoscience and technology.en_US
dc.format.mimetypedocen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectInformation Retrievalen_US
dc.subjectDigital Librariesen_US
dc.subjectInterdisciplinarityen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Organizationen_US
dc.subject.otherASISTen_US
dc.subject.otherSIG-CRen_US
dc.subject.othernanotechnologyen_US
dc.titleExploration of Interdisciplinarity in Nanotechnology Queries: The Use of Transaction Log analysis and Thesaurien_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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