Modeling terminologies for reusability in faceted systems

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We integrate heterogeneous terminologies into our category-theoretic model of faceted browsing and show that existing terminologies and vocabularies can be reused as facets in a cohesive, interactive system. Commonly found in online search engines and digital libraries, faceted browsing systems depend upon one or more taxonomies which outline the structure and content of the facets available for user interaction. Controlled vocabularies or terminologies are often curated externally and are available as a reusable resource across systems. We demonstrated previously that category theory can abstractly model faceted browsing in a way that supports the development of interfaces capable of reusing and integrating multiple models of faceted browsing. We extend this model by illustrating that terminologies can be reused and integrated as facets across systems with examples from the biomedical domain. Furthermore, we extend our discussion by exploring the requirements and consequences of reusing existing terminologies and demonstrate how categorical operations can create reusable groupings of facets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Springer International Publishing AG.


  • Category theory
  • Faceted browsing
  • Information reuse
  • Terminologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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