Accession Number : ADP005828

Title :   Federal Armed Forces Documentation and Information Centre,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL ARMED FORCES DOCUMENTATION AND INFORMATION CENTRE BONN (GERMANY F R)

Personal Author(s) : Mueller, Jan

Report Date : 20 OCT 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The aim of content analysis of documents is to describe the intenstion of documents in condensed form as a documentation unit, to order and store it and to retrieve the document by user request. To do this, formal systems of ordering (classifications), indexing terms of natural language-based or artificial documentation languages as well as abstracts formulated in a natural language are employed. Whereas classing establishes paradigmatic relations, subject indexing provides the possibility to identify the content in a natural language and to establish syntagmatic relations; the process of indexing, indexing principles, methods and results are described; the existence and basic principles of thesauri are also discussed in this connection. In contrast, an abstract is a statement of contents formulated in a natural language with the purpose of setting forth not only the relevance but also the contents of a document concerning a specific subject; the different types of abstracts and the abstracting procedures are discussed. Retrieval is the reversal of the intellectual processes classing, indexing and abstracting, which is indicative of the special importance of these processes for the efficacy of technical information systems.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION PROCESSING, *SUBJECT INDEXING, DOCUMENTS, ABSTRACTS, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, NATURAL LANGUAGE, THESAURI, WEST GERMANY.

Subject Categories : Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE