Between symbol and language-in-use

Emma Tonkin

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventCIR-07 -
Duration: 1 Aug 2007 → …


Period1/08/07 → …


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