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The Role of E-Vocabularies in the Description and Retrieval of Digital Educational Resources

Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Av. Séneca, 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Academic Editor: James Albright
Educ. Sci. 2017, 7(1), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci7010033
Received: 21 November 2016 / Revised: 25 January 2017 / Accepted: 4 February 2017 / Published: 1 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue e-Vocabularies and e-Learning)
Vocabularies are linguistic resources that make it possible to access knowledge through words. They can constitute a mechanism to identify, describe, explore, and access all the digital resources with informational content pertaining to a specific knowledge domain. In this regard, they play a key role as systems for the representation and organization of knowledge in environments in which content is created and used in a collaborative and free manner, as is the case of social wikis and blogs on the Internet or educational content in e-learning environments. In e-learning environments, electronic vocabularies (e-vocabularies) constitute a mechanism for conceptual representation of digital educational resources. They enable human and software agents either to locate and interpret resource content in large digital repositories, including the web, or to use them (vocabularies) as an educational resource by itself to learn a discipline terminology. This review article describes what e-vocabularies are, what they are like, how they are used, how they work, and what they contribute to the retrieval of digital educational resources. The goal is to contribute to a clearer view of the concepts which we regard as crucial to understand e-vocabularies and their use in the field of e-learning to describe and retrieve digital educational resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: vocabularies; e-vocabularies; digital educational resources; digital resources retrieval; information retrieval; e-learning; lexicography vocabularies; e-vocabularies; digital educational resources; digital resources retrieval; information retrieval; e-learning; lexicography
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Fernández-Pampillón, A.M. The Role of E-Vocabularies in the Description and Retrieval of Digital Educational Resources. Educ. Sci. 2017, 7, 33.

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