The Indexing Companion

The Indexing Companion


By (author) Jon Jermey, By (author) Glenda Browne

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  • Format: Paperback | 262 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 246mm x 10mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521689880
  • ISBN 13: 9780521689885
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 310,925

Product description

The Indexing Companion, first published in 2007, gives an overview of indexing for professional indexers, editors, authors, librarians and others who may be called upon to write, contribute to, edit or commission an index. It covers basic principles as well as examining controversial areas. It is based on publishing standards, textbooks, and the consensus of the indexing community, gained from participation in various mailing lists. It discusses a wide range of document formats and subjects that require indexing, as well as dipping into new topics on the edge of indexing such as folksonomies and the semantic web. Some people consider indexing to be a dry topic - at the end of this book people should be thinking of indexing as a challenging and rewarding profession.

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Author information

Glenda Browne has been an indexer and librarian for 20 years. She teaches indexing for various universities, colleges and professional associations, and writes regularly for the ANZSI Newsletter and the international journal, The Indexer. Jon Jermey is also a freelance indexer, teacher and writer. He currently teaches computing for WEA (Workers' Education Association).

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'The Indexing Companion is a well-titled and valuable book. ... A strong point of the book is its structure and organisation of tis contents.' Webology

Table of contents

1. Indexing work environment; 2. Definitions and standards; 3. Planning indexes; 4. Concept analysis; 5. Term selection - topics and names; 6. Term selection - issues; 7. Term selection - different formats; 8. Term selection - controlled vocabularies; 9. Structure of indexes; 10. Quality control and interoperability; 11. Specialised source material - formats, subjects and genres; 12. Software and hardware; 13. Threats and opportunities in indexing; 14. References.