Compatibility of Indexing Languages in an Online Access Environment: A Review of the Approaches

Marcia Lei Zeng


With the increase of cross-database searching and inter-system operation and the involvement of patron searching, compatibility of indexing languages is becoming an issue of great practical impact and is experiencing renewed interest. An indication of this increasing concern is the current projects being carried out by the national libraries and other national and international organizations such as the Unified Medical Language System (NLM), Universal Agricultural Thesaurus (NAL, CABI, and NAO), and Integrated Multilingual Thesaurus for Social Science (Unesco).

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