A Study of Retrieval Success with Original Works of Art Comparing the Subject Index Terms Provided by Experts in Art Museums With Those Provided By Novice and Intermediate Indexers

by Wells-Angerer, Tammy L.

Abstract (Summary)
This paper compares the retrieval success of terms for searching online art museum collections of two different origins: the use of terms that are the natural byproducts of curatorial processes and those provided by volunteer gallery teachers and students. The terms used by scholars and gallery teachers obtained the best retrieval, with approximately 15% of terms successfully retrieving the desired work. Little successful application of the terms available in the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) or of the terms used by scholars was seen in the online museum collections. Overall, the terms supplied by study participants had poor retrieval success. Application of additional index terms describing the basic elements, materials and colors featured in the works and terms from the AAT could improve retrieval.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Helen R. Tibbo

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:art databases indexing pictures information retrieval internet museums


Date of Publication:01/07/2005

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