Faceted Thesauri

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The basic elements of faceted thesauri are described, together with a review of their origins and some prominent examples. Their use in browsing and searching applications is discussed. Faceted thesauri are distinguished from faceted classification schemes, while acknowledging the close similarities. The paper concludes by comparing faceted thesauri and related knowledge organization systems to ontologies and discussing appropriate areas of use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211 - 222
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


  • browsing
  • facet analysis
  • faceted thesauri
  • faceted classification schemes
  • knowledge organization systems
  • thesaurus
  • semantic expansion
  • concept search


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