3 June 2004
Below are documents related to the seminar "Indexing Challenges, Multiple Solutions" at the Indexing and Abstracting Society of Canada / Société canadienne pour l'analyse de documents 2004 Conference and AGM in Calgary, AB.
- During the seminar, participants compared a variety of solutions to difficult indexing issues presented in Indecent and internationally illegal: The death penalty against child offenders by Amnesty International.
- A PDF version of the assignment is posted here.
- Full text of all indexes submitted by seminar participants are available below as PDF files.
- Index Five (This index is for a text other than the one we used in this seminar, but it is posted here FYI.)
- The handout on which specific issues is compared are available here as a PDF file.
- Also available is a list of the questions that participants asked as readers. We have posted them here as a Word document.
- During the session, many topics came up that we examined in the indexes. Below is a partial list of those issues (Topics excluded are those covered on the comparisons handout).
- statistics, rates, facts, case studies
- static/changing/evolving standards of decency, trends
- frequency of use in states in which it's allowed (it's rare in some)
- The text lumps national organizations, religions, and opinion polls into one section. Indexers didn't. They all felt it was a "miscellaneous" section.
- goals of punishment, retribution, peneological goals, deterrence
- "modern era"
Some of the interesting stylistic and structural issues we discussed are listed below:
- What did the indexer identify as metatopics?
- How did indexers deal with italicized text?
- How did indexers deal with bulleted lists?
- How did indexers treat quotes from rulings, both dissenters and majority opinions?
- How is indexer's terminology related to structure of index? Are the related or intertwined?
- What were some opportunities for gathering that indexers noticed? That they missed?
- How do definitions of audience/reader groups impact terminology and structure?