Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Faceted Search

  • Susan DumaisEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_159


Dynamic taxonomies; Faceted browsing; Hierarchical faceted metadata


The term facetmeans “little face” and is often used to describe one side of a many-sided object, especially a cut gemstone. In the context of information science, where the item being described is an information object, facets could refer to the object’s author, date, topic, etc. Facets are used to describe both the organization of information (faceted classification), and to interface techniques that provide flexible access to that information (faceted search). The motivation for faceted classification and search is that any single organizational structure is too limiting to accommodate access to complex domains. Multiple independent facets provide alternative ways of getting to the same information, thus supporting a wider range of end-user tasks and knowledge. The fields of faceted classification, information architecture, and data modeling provide theory and methods for identifying and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microsoft ResearchRedmondUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Cong Yu
    • 1
  1. 1.Google ResearchNew YorkUSA