What is a controlled vocabulary?


I found this article quite interesting, especially given the experience our class has had recently in creating our virtual collections.  Particularly when the authors say, “The most basic, and often overlooked, form of controlled vocabulary is a consistent labeling system.” When creating the virtual collection, I found myself wanting to naturally use different words to describe objects that could be grouped in the same category. However, we had to create a controlled vocabulary of tags to make the collection more accessible to users. I do wonder what is lost from doing this– you cannot be as specific and on point in describing something, which can be a little frustrating. However, ensuring that users can locate items takes precedent. 





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