# R- Context Grabbing Assigning Metadata in Large Document Collections

Last updated May 18, 2022

• #references
• Title: 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.
• #context-snippets
• pg 372
• #lit-context
• ECSCW is where a lot of the m/Ethnography in context of Work is still alive (exited somewhat from CSCW), so we can have a bit more confidence that this is done well from a theoretical and methodological perspective
• last author Wendy Mackay is super-prominent in CSCW
• ex: chosen to summarize history of social comptuing research in the 1980’s at the 2020 CSCW conference panel
• #📝 lit-notes
• #lit-context
• #📝 lit-notes
• How did the authors approach their questions/problems? ((most of this is going to come from the methods sections, although some info about conceptualization of key concepts might be relevant to pull from intro/lit-review)) #lit-context
• What did they find? ((keep this as contextualized as possible; resist the urge to repeat claims or generalizations)) #observation-notes
• Decentralized project documentation made recontextualization difficult for engineers because they didn’t know the history of changes for a document or if a particular document was up to date, leading to issues such as “exploratory digging by hand” to avoid damaging power lines pg 375
• P- Joel Chan comments
• this is looking pretty good in terms of granularity, i can work with this!
• would be nice to know more about what is meant by decentralized project documentation.
• probably best to have a separate observation note block that summarizes that (with its own context snippets), and the block ref that into the “decentralized project documentation”.

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