All Together, Now! What This Tool Looks Like In Action (Plus Pictures!)

So, you’ve seen all of the steps of this information retrieval tool in its various parts. What does it look like as one cohesive tool? Let’s take a look at the steps of using the tool. Sorry for the less-than-great screenshots!

Step 1: IUCAT is configured to allow a user to browse the catalog using one of the following community-created vocabularies: Homosaurus, Brian Deer Indigenous People’s Classification System, or the Disabled People’s Association. Once a vocabulary is selected, the vocabulary opens up to all of the terms that have SKOS links to LCSH.

Screenshot of the available vocabularies
Page from Homosaurus vocabulary

Step 2: Once a vocabulary and a term in that vocabulary are selected, the term maps to other terms in the vocabulary (in this case Homosaurus version 1), and those terms link via established SKOS relationships to a term in LCSH.

Mapping of a term from Homosaurus

Step 3: Using the terms and relationships from both Homosaurus (or another vocabulary) and LCSH, a user can then insert a query into a system such as IUCAT using a term or terms that incorporates features/portions from both the community vocabulary and LCSH, returning results that most closely match those terms.

IUCAT results using the search terms “indians+of+north+america+religions”

And that’s it! The idea is that, if the vocabulary is narrowed from the beginning based on what a user is searching for, and the links to LCSH are established, the research process becomes more cohesive and the user can be more self-sufficient as they conduct their research.

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