Can the age-old thesaurus solve the problems of searching on the web?

Ann Arbor, MI (October 4, 2000) — Most of us are familiar with the traditional thesaurus or dictionary of synonyms, but until recently, online thesauri were familiar only to librarians, expert searchers, and developers of high-end information systems such as Dialog and Medline

However, as web sites and intranets grow into large, mission-critical information systems, companies are seeing a rising need to employ online thesauri as tools to help users find what they're looking for quickly and effectively. If users search for "cat," but all documents in the system use "feline," the user is likely to come up empty handed -- unless a thesaurus helps to guide them from their cat search to the feline information.

The Argus Center for Information Architecture (ACIA) is opening registration today for its Winter 2001 Advanced Seminar Series, "Synonyms and Taxonomies: Thesaurus Design for Information Architects." Through a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, experts from Argus Associates will explain why a thesaurus is an essential component of any large web site or intranet.

The east coast event will take place in New York City at Marriott Marquis Times Square, Friday, Jan. 19, 2001. On the west coast, training will take place in San Francisco's Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Feb. 2, 2001as a pre-conference to the American Society for Information Science's summit meeting, "Practicing Information Architecture."

Program fee is $750 for the one-day seminar, including breakfast and lunch (early registration discounts available). Registration is limited to 100 attendees per event. To register, visit the ACIA web site at:

About the Argus Center for Information Architecture
The ACIA serves as a focal point for learning about the theory and practice of information architecture, hosting industry conferences and training seminars, publishing articles and white papers, managing a web site on information architecture topics, and participating in groundbreaking research. The ACIA is sponsored by Argus Associates, Inc.

About Argus Associates
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Argus Associates is a recognized pioneer in the field of information architecture. Argus organizes large Web sites and intranets so users can find what they need quickly and easily and clients can more easily manage their information. Argus principals Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville wrote the definitive book on Web architecture, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, published in 1998 by O'Reilly & Associates. It was named "Best Internet Book of 1998" by

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