Between symbol and language-in-use


Tonkin, E., 2007. Between symbol and language-in-use. In: CIR-07, 2007-08-01.

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Indexing is often designed with the intent of dimensional reduction, that is, of generating standardised and uniform descriptive metadata. This could be characterised as a process of decontextualisation. Formal knowledge representation systems typically have the aim of encapsulating granular pieces of information in a reusable manner. The result is a set of information elements with minimal links to external information sources. Plain-text tags, by comparison, have the aim of describing an object, within or outside a reductively described context. The result is a set of views that are contextualised to author, time, location, task or community. This paper discusses the relationship between symbol, contextual relation and language-in-use.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
CreatorsTonkin, E.
Research CentresUKOLN
ID Code13367


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