Website Labels Construction Based on Thesaurus Concepts


Website labels are the identifiers used to represent chunks of website contents after organizing information. The design of website labels provides visual and cognitive cues that bring the efficient retrieving channels between users and website contents. Website labels will affect whether users can acquire the required information efficiently and intuitively. This study attempts to apply thesaurus concepts, including revealing relevant vocabulary, to promote the indexing terms consistency and to help in retrieving the target contents. There are five steps that were proposed to approach the purpose of this study. First, analyzing the contents of library website and picking out their labels. Second, the randomly selected participants discuss the website labels selected from the first step and rename the labels if the labels are not easy to understand. Then the researchers collect these original library website labels (named A labels group) and the renamed labels (named B labels group). According to the above A and B labels groups and the discussions from the participants, researchers construct the library website labels using thesaurus concepts to generate another website labels (named C labels group) which is combined the original library labels and has the characteristics of thesaurus. Next, card sorting test is applied in the fourth step, using three different labels groups A, B and C, to construct three website tree structures. Finally, we conduct the findability evaluations on different generated tree structures and compare their differences to verify the effectiveness of this research.

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Chih-Hwei Lu, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Jiann-Cherng Shieh, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Chieh Hsiao, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Librarianship - Information architectures

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