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Human Information Retrieval$
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Julian Warner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013444

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013444.001.0001

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Description and Search Labor

Description and Search Labor

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Human Information Retrieval

Julian Warner

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the concepts of description and search labor, both of which, as mental labor, participate in the conditions for other forms of mental labor. It considers distinctions between types of mental labor and their different possibilities for transfer to technology. It then applies the perspective established on mental labor and technology to understand description and search labor and how they are related to selection labor, or the total labor involved in information retrieval. The chapter also discusses labor, process, and product as well as the semantics and syntactics of description labor. It shows that description labor involves cataloging, classification, and database description.

Keywords:   description labor, search labor, mental labor, technology, information retrieval, semantics, syntactics, cataloging, classification, database description

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