This assignment involved using SCIS to assign subject headings to five topics. Sounded so simple! The preparation work on this one was huge. I had used SCIS before but really just hacking my way around – no skill involved. Of course, there was that added bit of justifying what you chose which made it a little tricky. By the end of the assignment task I was feeling fairly confident I had at least some of the correct subject headings. I think I left some in that I knew were really not ok, but was a bit in fear of leaving them out. The results came through with good individual feedback on each exercise.
Exercise 1 – 5.5/7, Exercise 2 – 4/7, Exercise 3 – 5/7, Exercise 4 – 4/7, Exercise 5 – 5.5/7
Feedback – 23/35 You have demonstrated a clear understanding of the principles and concepts underpinning subject classification.
One of the things I think was offputting a little around this task was the explosion of comments in the forums during the two weeks. Comments were flying everywhere and just when I thought I had something clear in my head, another comment would come through making me doubt myself on it. I need to train myself in more selective reading of forums!