Why select particular concepts over others:
- Literary Warrant – using the terminology found inliterature of the topic
- User Warrant – using the terminology people familiar with the topic use to describe concepts
- Organizational Warrant – based on the needs and priorities of the organization
Defining your scope
What is the purpose of this controlled vocabulary?
Who is the user of this controlled vocabulary?
Refining your scope
Which concepts are central to your collection/topic/mission?
Which concepts are on the periphery?
Stick with your scope
Focus on the central concepts
Hang onto the peripheral terms for future consideration
What terms did you come up with?
Are they content bearing?
Are users going to search on these terms?
Who are the potential users for this collection?
Were these appropriate sources of wordstock?
What are the potential benefits of a List?
What are the potential drawbacks of a List?
When would it be appropriate to use a List for access?
Determine which is the preferred concept
What do your sources say?
Which is more frequently used?
Which is more likely to be prefaced with “also known as”?
Talk to your experts
Ask the user community
Through user testing
Checking search logs
Save the others as synonyms