Purpose – The purpose of this column is to explore methods in which information professionals can contribute to the intelligence of open discovery systems. Design/methodology/approach – This is a conceptual column based on experience in this field and a review of the relevant literature. Findings – There are several ways in which information professionals can contribute to make their discovery systems more robust through careful semantic analysis. Originality/value – This column explores ways in which the fields of linguistics, semantic analysis, semiotics, and web ontologies can assist information professionals in building responsive and robust back end indexing systems that can be coupled to front end open discovery frameworks.
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