Science is all about evolution and that includes the library of science, specifically the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and their thesaurus. With more than 10,700 subject area terms, they use the thesaurus to index articles and provide useful links to related papers, enhanced search functions, and PLOS ONE – an e-journal platform with subject area browsing capability made possible by the PLOS thesaurus. This interesting information was found on the PLOS blog in the post titled, “Thesaurus evolution – a case study in “Synthetic biology.”

What happens if they decide to renovate a sector of the thesaurus to better reflect the make-up of the PLOS corpus? How does that affect the machine aided indexing? This very interesting blog post delves in deeper.

PLOS is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

The PLOS Thesaurus was built largely by Access Innovations, one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant thesauri and taxonomies to produce comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.