A semi-automatic indexing system based on embedded information in HTML documents


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The purpose of this paper is to describe and evaluate the tool DigiDoc MetaEdit which allows the semi-automatic indexing of HTML documents. The tool works by identifying and suggesting keywords from a thesaurus according to the embedded information in HTML documents. This enables the parameterization of keyword assignment based on how frequently the terms appear in the document, the relevance of their position, and the combination of both.


In order to evaluate the efficiency of the indexing tool, the descriptors/keywords suggested by the indexing tool are compared to the keywords which have been indexed manually by human experts. To make this comparison a corpus of HTML documents are randomly selected from a journal devoted to Library and Information Science.


The results of the evaluation show that there: first, is close to a 50 per cent match or overlap between the two indexing systems, however, if you take into consideration the related terms and the narrow terms the matches can reach 73 per cent; and second, the first terms identified by the tool are the most relevant.


The tool presented identifies the most important keywords in an HTML document based on the embedded information in HTML documents. Nowadays, representing the contents of documents with keywords is an essential practice in areas such as information retrieval and e-commerce.

Keywords: Digital documentsInformation retrievalIndexingSearch enginesHypertext markup language

 Mari Vállez , Rafael Pedraza-Jiménez , Lluís Codina , Saúl Blanco , Cristòfol Rovira. “A semi-automatic indexing system based on embedded information in HTML documents”, Library Hi Tech, 2015, Vol. 33 Iss: 2, pp.195 – 210.

Link to Article in the Journal web page: www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/LHT-12-2014-0114