SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Thesaurus question
Re: SIGIA-L: Thesaurus question
From: Kathryn Lewellen (lewellenk_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Mar 27 2002 - 14:25:41 EST
I think its ok for CSP to point to 2 preferred terms.
The reciprocal USE FOR's would be identical, but I'm
not sure that's a problem. You could include the
acronym as part of the preferred term, for example
"Chip Scale Packaging (CSP)", or you could use a Scope
Notes field to explain the difference. If a user
searches for "CSP", 2 results can be returned so the
user is then able to select the correct term.
Depending on how the search engine is programmed,
there should be a few ways to handle identical
In my opinion, this doesn't sound like a client issue.
If CSP is used 2 ways industry wide, I'm guessing that
won't change as a result of thesaurus
BTW, I'm new to the list but have run across similar
issues while developing a thesaurus for the
Instrumentation, Systems & Automation Society, a
non-profit technical organization in NC. The industry
uses LOTS of acronmyns and a few are identical.
I'm interested to hear what you decide to do-
--- Andrew Otwell <andrew_at_heyotwell.com> wrote:
> Here's a wierd problem I thought I'd squashed a few
> weeks ago with my client:
> We're developing a thesaurus of terms for the
> packaging industry. There are tons of acronyms that
> people use
> constantly. One of those is "CSP", which my clients
> say can mean
> *either* "Chip Scale Packaging" or "Chip Size
> Indeed, it's true: with users and on sites by
> product manufacturers,
> "CSP" is used to mean *both* "Chip Scale Packaging"
> and "Chip Size
> Packaging." These are different technologies,
> particularly to the
> specialist audience we're serving, so it's important
> to make a
> distinction in our thesaurus.
> I asked the client, well, how do you know what
> someone's talking
> about if they mention "CSP"? The answer was, you
> don't unless they
> explain it.
> Of course, users will come to the site and search
> for "CSP" and
> expect to get the meaning *they're* thinking of, not
> the other one.
> How do I accomodate this in a thesaurus? Should I? I
> can't have a
> variant term point to *two* preferred terms, like
> USE: Chip Scale Packaging, Chip Size Packaging
> I could poll some users about which term is "more
> preferred," but
> I've already seen that the results will be close
> enough to 50-50 that
> that won't solve it.
> So far in developing this site, this is the *only*
> term that seems to
> have two meanings. I'm pretty sure this is a client
> issue: if you're
> developing a set of standards like a Thesaurus for
> your industry, you
> better take a stand on which terms are preferred and
> which ain't. I
> suspect I will force them to make a choice, and see
> what the site
> logs say over time. Any better suggestions?
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