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Passing Mentions

Posted on: 11/06/2024

One of the most frequent queries indexers get from clients is “Why is this term not in the index?” In this post, indexer Tanya Izzard explains what passing mentions are, why we sometimes leave them out, and how we make that decision. Definitions Passing mentions (sometimes called passing references or minor mentions) are usually defined
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Indexing Biographies

Posted on: 28/05/2024

In this post indexer W. Stephen Gilbert discusses one of the trickiest aspects of indexing biographical books: how to deal with index entries for the biographical subject, their works and activities. Most indexers will be called upon to index a volume that is more or less biographical. Such tasks pose particular and often quite ticklish
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Working with self-publishers

Posted on: 14/05/2024

An introduction to working with self-publishing writers Did you know self-published authors sell over 300 million books annually? This burgeoning market presents exciting opportunities for indexers seeking to expand their clientele. However, working with self-publishing authors (also known as independent or indie authors) requires a different approach than working with traditional publishing houses. In this
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Human Indexing in a Digital World. Society of Indexers online conference 2024 18th-19th September

2024 Conference: Save the Date

Posted on: 03/05/2024

Save the date for the Society of Indexers 2024 online conference, ‘Human Indexing in a Digital World’. This will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 18th to Thursday 19th September. We’re compiling a programme that should offer something for everyone, whatever stage in your indexing career, including: The rate for the two-day conference is £50 for
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Indexing and AI

Posted on: 27/03/2024

There’s rampant speculation about the impact of AI on many aspects of publishing. Here, indexer Tanya Izzard looks at the possible implications of AI for indexing. Definitions and how it works Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be defined as technology that can mimic cognitive functions associated with human intelligence. Generative AI is a type of AI
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National Indexing Day 2024 28th March #IndexDay

National Indexing Day 2024

Posted on: 05/02/2024

National Indexing Day 2024 took place on Thursday 28th March. We celebrated online with #indexday. In addition we hosted a half day in-person workshop for professionals in the publishing industry to help them improve their understanding of the indexing process. It was held at the Publishers Association in London and the session ran twice so that
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Becoming an indexer 4: the pre-qualification indexing assignment (PIA)

Posted on: 01/12/2023

Once you’ve completed the training course modules and tutorials, and passed the necessary assessments, the final stage before you start your professional indexing career is to complete the pre-qualification indexing assignment, known as the PIA. What is the PIA? The PIA is an index to a complete book or document of your choice, of about
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Becoming an indexer 3: tutorials, workshops and other support

Posted on: 24/11/2023

This post follows on from the overview of the training course modules and explains how the other aspects of the SI training course – online tutorials, workshops, practice exercises and advice and support – will help you prepare for a career as an indexer. Support available throughout the course The training course website includes quizzes
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New Honorary Life Members, November 2023

Posted on: 21/11/2023

At its AGM on 14 November 2023, the Society of Indexers was delighted to award three new Honorary Life Memberships. Honorary Life Memberships are limited to ten at any one time, and are awarded for having rendered exceptional service to the Society or to the advancement of good indexing. The awards were made to three
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Becoming an indexer 2: the Society of Indexers training course modules

Posted on: 17/11/2023

Are you thinking about training as an indexer? This is the first of three blog posts that give an overview of the Society of Indexers training course. It gives an overview of the different elements of the course and describes the modules that deliver the theoretical content of the course. About the training course The
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