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Context grabbing: Assigning metadata in large document collections

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Classification schemes are an important issue in the collective use of large document collections. We have investigated the classification of technical documentations in two engineering domains: a steel mill and a sewerage plant company. In both cases we found a coexistence of different classification schemes and problems resulting from distributed local archives. In supporting human actors to maintain different classifications schemes while working on a common archive, we developed the concept of context grabbing. It allows assigning context information efficiently in the form of metadata. Based on a document management system, a tool kit for context grabbing was developed. Its evaluation in a sewerage service company allows us to comment on important aspects of understanding the role of classifications in collaborative work.


Hinrichs, Joachim; Pipek, Volkmar; Wulf, Volker (2005): Context grabbing: Assigning metadata in large document collections. ECSCW 2005: Proceedings of the Ninth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. DOI: 10.1007/1-4020-4023-7_19. Springer, London. ISBN: 978-1-4020-4023-8. pp. 367-386. Full Papers. Paris, France. 18–22 September 2005