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INF440: Introduction to Information Architecture

Assignment 3

Timothy Godfrey

Student no 11348115

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Collaboration features evaluation

Colloboration features include the capacity of the software to:

  • support multiple users with different access privileges across a network
  • support approval of candidate and terms for processing
  • support version control and reversing of editorial changes

Term Tree 2000

The Dog's star rating:

It is not clear from the help documentation or from the TermTree website whether TermTree can operate effectively in a network environment.  The software runs on MSAccess, SQL or Oracle databases which implies that it may be deployed across a network.  There is no provision in TermTree for different user access levels, for version control or for approval of candidate terms.  It is possible, however, to produce reports of terms created or modified from a certain date, from which editorial changes can be reversed manually. 

 

MultiTes Pro

The Dog's star rating:

MultiTes has the capacity to support users at three password protected access levels: administrators with unlimited access, operators with limited write access and users with read only access. Users with administrator rights have the ability to copy or open a new thesaurus file through the file menu.  Each thesaurus file opens as a new instance of the software.  Multites allows sharing over a network in a terminal server environment or on a shared network folder.  Approval of terms can be carried out by users with operator and administrator status by by editing the metadata in the edit screen of the term display screen.  Version control is not supported other than by selecting and reporting on terms entered after or before a given date, or by copying thesaurus files to a new file at periodical intervals.  Similarly it is not possible to “roll back” to an earlier version of the thesaurus other than by finding all the terms entered or approved after a given date and making the appropriate manual changes.

 

Webchoir TCS-10

The Dog says: "Congratulations - it's a dogonomy!"

Of the three thesaurus packages covered, TCS-10 appears to be most suited to working in a networked environment.  The accompanying thesaurus manager software allows administrators to set up users and permission levels for all users.  There are three levels of access – super editor, power editor and standard editor.  Terms can have either "process" or "approved" status.  It is not possible to roll back the software to previous versions but it is possible to produce a report of terms modified or created since a given date and make appropriate manual changes.

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Some external sites

Software sites:

Term Tree 2000

MultiTes Pro

Webchoir TCS-10

Taxonomy sites:

Taxonomy watch

Taxonomy warehouse

Taxocop

Taxotips

QUT Controlled vocabularies page

Search.com taxonomies page

Guidelines and standards:

ANSI/NISO Z39.19 –2005

UK Government selection criteria for taxonomy software

Ganzmann's Thesaurus software evaluation criteria