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Specific classification of elibrary resources says more about users' preferences

Robinson, J; de Lusignan, S; Kostkova, P; Madge, B; Southgate, L; (2006) Specific classification of elibrary resources says more about users' preferences. In: Hasman, A and Haux, R and VanderLei, J and DeClercq, E and France, FHR, (eds.) Ubiquity: Technologies for Better Health in Aging Societies. (pp. pp. 719-724). IOS Press: Univ Hamburg, Maastricht, Netherland. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are a hierarchical taxonomy of over 42 000 descriptors designed to classify scientific literature; it is hierarchical with generic high order headings and specific low order headings. Over 1,000 resources in the Primary Care Electronic Library (PCEL – www.pcel.info) were classified with MeSH. Methods: Each of the entries or resources in the primary care digital library was assigned up to five MeSH terms. We compared whether the most generic or specific MeSH term ascribed to each resource best predicted user preferences. Results: over the four month period analysed statistically significant differences were found for resources according to specific key MeSH terms they were classified by. This result was not repeated for generic key MeSH terms. Conclusions: Analysis of the use of specific MeSH terms reveals user preferences that would have otherwise remained obscured. These preferences are not found if more generic MeSH terms are analysed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Specific classification of elibrary resources says more about users' preferences
Event: 20th International Congress of the European-Federation-for-Medical-Informatics
Location: Univ Hamburg, Maastricht, NETHERLANDS
Dates: 27 August 2006 - 30 August 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1-58603-647-8
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volumearticle/9775
Language: English
Additional information: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084401
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