IIAS Newsletter 46 Winter 2008

Tag clouds in the research sphere

Thomas Voorter

The New Asia Books site is instantly recognisable by its ‘tag clouds’. A tag cloud is a weighted list in visual design, a depiction of all the regional and disciplinary categories - mainly within the Humanities and Social Sciences - used to classify the books on New Asia Books. These terms are supplied to us by publishers of academic titles on Asia Studies, and follow the Book Industry Communication (BIC) classification schemes and taxonomy structures (for more information: http://www.bic.org.uk). Those terms, which occur more frequently in our book database, are shown in the cloud with a bigger font.

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