Theme Creation for Digital Collections

Xia Lin, Jiexun Li, Xiaohua Zhou


This paper presents a solution to integrate multiple sources of
semantics for the purpose of metadata creation. A new framework is proposed to
define topics and themes with both manually and automatically generated terms. The
automatically generated terms include both terms from a semantic analysis of the
collections and terms from previous user’s queries. An interface is developed to
facilitate the creation of such topics and themes as well as the use of such topics
and themes to create metadata for digital resources. The framework and the interface
promote human-computer collaboration in metadata creation. Several principles
underlying such approach are also discussed.

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