About This Project
The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) has a rich
heritage since its founding in 1971. The UNCRD Bibliography and Index
project has grown out of a relationship between the UNCRD and the University
of Denver in which the University receives all available publications.
The project seeks to provide analytical indexing of each work published
including working papers, books, edited books, bibliographies, training
materials, conference papers, and journal articles. A majority of UNCRD's
publications are edited works containing chapters, articles, or papers.
These smaller works would otherwise be hidden from scholars who need
to consult them. When complete, an estimated 1,800 works will have been
Descriptor and Classification System
The descriptors or subjects used in the UNCRD Bibliography and Index
are from the Marcothesaurus for Information Processing in the Field
of Economic and Social Development, 5th edition. The Macrothesaurus,
published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,
was found to be perfectly suited for the UNCRD corpus. To date, over
20% of the 5,174 descriptors have been used in the project, with the
need for only 20 locally established headings. It should be noted that
the Macrothesaurus adopts British spelling conventions (ex.: LABOUR)
and British terminology (TRANSPORT instead of TRANSPORTATION).
The Macrothesaurus groups descriptors into 19 major categories, sorted
by a six-digit subject category code. This structure is noted at the
top of each subject page as the following example shows:
02 ECONOMIC POLICY. SOCIAL POLICY. PLANNING
02.01 ECONOMIC POLICY. PLANNING
02.01.03 ECONOMIC POLICY
These works contain case studies and research reports on a wide variety
of topics including Scope of Indexing In these cases, there is a record
in the database for the series, which in turn contains links to individual
publications within that series. The individual publications, in turn,
are indexed down to the chapter level.
Web Site Elements
The main "switchboard" page for initiating searches and
browses of the index.
Citation Record (1.htm,
One record exists for each work, providing the fullest descriptive
and subject analysis of the work. Hyperlinks within these records
provide "backlinks" to other records related to the words
in the hyperlink.
Author Alpha Index Pages (_sub/aA.htm,
Groups authors together alphabetically.
Subject Alpha Index Pages (_sub/saA.htm,
Groups subject descriptors together alphabetically. To see subjects
grouped in a logical hierarchy, use the Browse by Classification feature.
Subject Pages (_sub/s1.htm,
One subject page exists for each of the over 1,100 subjects established
Series Pages (_sub/RDD.htm,
A series page will be created for each of the UNCRD series, including
Development Dialogue, Regional Development Studies,
Papers Series, UNCRD Country Bibliography Series, etc.
Classification Pages (_sub/e01.htm,
One page for each of the 19 major classes of the Macrothesaurus.
For subject descriptors in alphabetical order, use the Browse by Subject
Searches the full text of all text files in the root directory. This
means is searches all bibliographic records. It does not search any
of the index pages, since they are located in the _/sub subdirectory.
The default Boolean operator is "OR". There is no way to
force adjacency, so the best way to search is by using "AND".
economic and development and thailand
historical and sites and india
hoshino and environment
regional and development and dialogue and africa
The following elements are included in the bibliographic citations:
||Includes all elements necessary to cite the work in
a bibliography, or to locate the work in a library.
||Full title of work being indexed. Titles include initial
determiners (a, an, the), but sorting in title index lists ignores
these initial words.
||Year of publication. Not necessarily the same as year
work was completed. For example, conference papers often were published
in the year following their presentation.
|Creator [Author, etc.]
||An iterating field showing the responsible parties.Most
common is author, but also used are editor, guest editor, contributor,
and participant. Names in these fields appear in alphabetical order,
rather than order presented on the title page of the work. See citation
field to find order of names presented on the title page. See below
to see how names are established.
||Type of work under consideration in record. Material
types include: Book, Edited Book, Book Chapter, Journal Title, Journal
Issue, Journal Article, Conference Proceedings, Conference Paper,
and Series Title.
||Physical features characterizing the work. Includes
bibliographic references, notes, tables, figures (including maps),
appendices and annexes. Choice of wording is generally the same as
used in the work. This field is also used for the comments that follow
main articles in Regional Development Dialogue.
||Denotes the extent of the work. Two formats are used:
for individual physical volumes (Books, Edited Books, Journal Issues,
Conference Proceedings), the format is 241 p.
For parts of a larger work (Journal Articles, Conference Papers),
the format p. 143-156 is used.
Since this project indexes both the whole and the parts of the
whole, it is necessary to denote superordinate and subordinate relationships.
If a work contains subordinate works (chapters within an edited
book, journal articles within a journal issue, conference papers
within conference proceedings, etc.), these relationships are list
under the subheading of Contents.
If a work is contained within a superordinate work, it is listed
under the subheading Part of.
||Alphabetical listing of Macrothesaurus subjects applied
to this work. Following subject is Macrothesaurus classification number.
||Abstract of work under consideration. Abstracts are
being down as time permits. This field may also give outlines of tables
of contents, if applicable.
Responsibility for this Project
Christopher C. Brown is
responsible for creation of the Web pages and the database that underlies
these Web pages. The entire Web site is generated automatically from
an Access database. A series of extremely long reports are output from
Access, and are then cut apart using NoteTab
Plus. The result is static Web pages (as opposed to dynamic pages).
This works quite will for a site that needs only intermitant updating
and has no budget.
Dr. John F. Jones
introduced the project to Chris Brown, and is himself responsible for
much research through the UNCRD.
Josefa S. Edralin, James F. Goater, and the library staff at the UNCRD
have been most helpful in providing access to documents and advice on
the project. Mr. Yo Kimura, UNCRD Director, has been very encouraging
of the project as well.