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Future Internet 2010, 2(1), 1-15;

Metadata for Name Disambiguation and Collocation

University of Colorado Denver, 1100 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80204, USA
Received: 30 November 2009 / Revised: 30 December 2009 / Accepted: 2 January 2010 / Published: 5 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metadata and Markup)
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Searching names of persons, families, and organizations is often difficult in online databases because different persons or organizations frequently share the same name and because a single person’s or organization’s name may appear in different forms in various online documents. Databases and search engines can use metadata as a tool to solve the problem of name ambiguity and name variation in online databases. This article describes the challenges names pose in information retrieval and some emerging name metadata databases that can help ameliorate the problems. Effective name disambiguation and collocation increase search precision and recall and can improve assessment of scholarly work. View Full-Text
Keywords: names; metadata; name disambiguation; collocation; information retrieval names; metadata; name disambiguation; collocation; information retrieval
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