The Perfect Match: The Relationship between User Vocabulary and Metadata Vocabulary and Enterprise Web Information Retrieval

by Donaldson, Devan

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines the compatibility of user vocabulary and metadata vocabulary and then analyzes that relationship in the context of enterprise web information retrieval. An enterprise was chosen, an American Research Intensive University, and a sample from a defined set of enterprise users, undergraduates, were recruited. A quasi-experiment was conducted in which twenty subjects were asked to view ten web pages selected from the enterprise's website and write a description of each page. Terms written by subjects were compared with metadata terms assigned to the web pages by professionals. Instances of exact, partial and no match between the two vocabularies were recorded. Searches were conducted using subjects’ terms via the enterprise’s web search engine. The position of selected web pages in search engine results lists were recorded upon completion of each search. Results suggest a statistically significant relationship between the vocabulary matches and enterprise web information retrieval.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Jane Greenberg

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:metadata information organization retrieval


Date of Publication:04/07/2008

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