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Talande ord: En jämförande studie av taggar och kontrollerade ämnesord för indexering av skönlitteratur
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Telling Words : A Comparative Study of Tags and Controlled Subject Headings for Indexing Fiction. (English)
Abstract [en]

How do you summarize the content of a fictional work, let’s say

Lord of the Rings, into a few "telling" words that may represent it? This master’s thesis is a comparative study of how library users’ freely chosen tags/keywords deviate from controlled vocabulary made by professional indexers when representing fiction. The thesis answers four main questions:

 Do the tags that the library users give fictional works correspond to the categories used in professional indexing in Sweden?

 Do the tags follow the standards for vocabulary, semantics and syntax used when indexing professionally?

 Do the tags add something to document representations?

 Are there differences between the tags used for adult fiction and the tags used for children’s literature?

With a starting point in indexing theories of Frederick W. Lancaster, Annelise Pejtersen, and the semiotic theory of the indexing process of Jens-Erik Mai, 383 tags from totally 70 fictional works are analyzed. The tags come from the online catalogue of Umeå public library, accessible through the website

The results show tendencies of the tags corresponding to a great extent with categories used in the controlled vocabulary

Att indexera skönlitteratur (Indexing fictional works). However, some tags form a separate category, which may be described as a Reading experience- category. The tags also add abstract terms to the online catalogue.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 67 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 592
Keyword [en]
Tags, Subject Headings, Folksonomies, Indexing, Library 2.0, Fiction, Online Library Catalogs
Keyword [sv]
Taggar, Ämnesord, Folksonomier, Indexering, Bibliotek 2.0, Skönlitteratur, Onlinekataloger
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198503Local ID: 592OAI: diva2:616427
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Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-04-16 Created: 2013-04-16 Last updated: 2013-04-16Bibliographically approved

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