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Understanding Information Retrieval Systems

Management, Types, and Standards, 1st Edition

Edited by Marcia J. Bates

Auerbach Publications

752 pages | 103 B/W Illus.

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In order to be effective for their users, information retrieval (IR) systems should be adapted to the specific needs of particular environments. The huge and growing array of types of information retrieval systems in use today is on display in Understanding Information Retrieval Systems: Management, Types, and Standards, which addresses over 20 types of IR systems. These various system types, in turn, present both technical and management challenges, which are also addressed in this volume.

In order to be interoperable in a networked environment, IR systems must be able to use various types of technical standards, a number of which are described in this book—often by their original developers. The book covers the full context of operational IR systems, addressing not only the systems themselves but also human user search behaviors, user-centered design, and management and policy issues.

In addition to theory and practice of IR system design, the book covers Web standards and protocols, the Semantic Web, XML information retrieval, Web social mining, search engine optimization, specialized museum and library online access, records compliance and risk management, information storage technology, geographic information systems, and data transmission protocols. Emphasis is given to information systems that operate on relatively unstructured data, such as text, images, and music. The book is organized into four parts:

  • Part I supplies a broad-level introduction to information systems and information retrieval systems
  • Part II examines key management issues and elaborates on the decision process around likely information system solutions
  • Part III illustrates the range of information retrieval systems in use today discussing the technical, operational, and administrative issues for each type
  • Part IV discusses the most important organizational and technical standards needed for successful information retrieval

This volume brings together authoritative articles on the different types of information systems and how to manage real-world demands such as digital asset management, network management, digital content licensing, data quality, and information system failures. It explains how to design systems to address human characteristics and considers key policy and ethical issues such as piracy and preservation. Focusing on web–based systems, the chapters in this book provide an excellent starting point for developing and managing your own IR systems.

Table of Contents


Information Systems; E. Burton Swanson

Information Retrieval Systems; Ray R. Larson

Information Searching and Search Models; Iris Xie

User-Oriented and Cognitive Models of Information Retrieval; Kalervo Järvelin and Peter Ingwersen

User-Centered Design of Information Systems; Elaine G. Toms

Ethical Issues in Information Systems; Vladimir Zwass

Careers and Education in Information Systems; Paul Gray and Lorne Olfman


Knowledge Management; Kimiz Dalkir

Information Management; Brian Detlor

Digital Asset Management; James E.P. Currall and Michael S. Moss

Network Management; Robert J. Sandusky

Management of Very Large Distributed Shared Collections; Reagan W. Moore

Search Engine Optimization; Nicholas Carroll

Records Compliance and Risk Management; Bradley J. Wiles

Version Control; Jill E. Grogg and Jeff Weddle

Digital Content Licensing; Paul D. Callister and Kathleen Hall

Piracy in Digital Media; Stephanie Walker

Information Storage Technologies; Scott L. Klingler

Electronic Records Preservation; Robert P. Spindler

Data and Data Quality; Thomas C. Redman, Christopher Fox, and Anany Levitin

Information Systems Failure; Chris Sauer and Gordon B. Davis


Search Engines; Randolph Hock

Web Retrieval and Mining; Carlos Castillo and Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Semantic Web; Kieron O’Hara and Wendy Hall

XML Information Retrieval; Mounia Lalmas

Information Retrieval Support Systems; Yiyu Yao, Ning Zhong, and Yi Zeng

Multilingual Information Access; Douglas W. Oard

Still Image Search and Retrieval; Vittorio Castelli

Music Information Retrieval; Kjell Lemström and George Tzanetakis

Web Social Mining; Hady W. Lauw and Ee-Peng Lim

Recommender Systems and Expert Locators; Derek L. Hansen, Tapan Khopkar, and Jun Zhang

Knowledge Management Systems; Dick Stenmark

Decision Support Systems; Marek J. Druzdzel and Roger R. Flynn

Collaborative Systems and Groupware; David Jank

Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Timothy F. Leslie and Nigel M. Waters

Clinical Decision-Support Systems; Kai Zheng

Integrated Library Systems (ILS); Emily Gallup Fayen

Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs); Kevin Butterfield

Internet Filtering Software and Its Effects; Lynn Sutton

Personal Bibliographic Systems (PBS); Dirk Schoonbaert and Victor Rosenberg

Collection Management Systems; Perian Sully

Interactive Multimedia in Museums; Nik Honeysett

Museum Web Sites and Digital Collections; David Bearman and Jennifer Trant


Digital Object Identifier (DOI®) System; Norman Paskin

Data Transmission Protocols; Chuan Heng Foh

Information Retrieval Protocols: Z39.50 and Search & Retrieve via URL; William Moen

Extensible Markup Language (XML); Kevin S. Clarke

Resource Description Framework (RDF); Nicholas Gibbins and Nigel Shadbolt

Text Encoding Initiative (TEI); Edward Vanhoutte and Ron Van den Branden

Encoded Archival Description (EAD); Daniel V. Pitti

Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model; Christopher A. Lee

About the Editor

Marcia J. Bates is Professor Emerita in the Department of Information Studies, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles. She has researched, published, and taught in many areas of library and information sciences, including user-centered design of information systems, subject access, online search techniques, and information seeking behavior. She has authored over eighty publications, including some of the most highly cited articles in the field. She has also served as Associate Dean and Department Chair. Dr Bates has consulted for a wide variety of organizations, including government, foundation, and private industry clients, as well as "dot-com" companies. Dr Bates is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has won numerous awards, including the Award of Merit, the highest award of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), and the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. ASIST has also awarded her its "Best Journal of ASIST Paper of the Year Award" twice. Web: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/bates/.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Database Management / Data Mining
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General