The ICPSR Thesaurus is a controlled vocabulary system composed of three separate lists:
Subject Thesaurus, Personal Names Authority List, and Geographic Names Thesaurus.
Subject Thesaurus is an alphabetical listing of
social science subject terms. The scope of this thesaurus is multidisciplinary and is intended to
reflect the subject range of the ICPSR archive. Social science disciplines represented include:
political science, sociology, history, economics, education, criminal justice, gerontology, demography,
public health, law, and international relations.
Personal Names Authority List provides controlled
name forms and spellings. Unlike the Subject and the Geographic lists, it is non-hierarchical (there
are no broader/narrower, or related term designations). This list is designed to provide name form
consistency and, through the use of a "description" (DSC) note field, enable users to distinguish
between same or similar names and to determine whether the person/name is appropriate to their indexing
or searching needs.
Geographic Names Thesaurus provides guidance on
the preferred and/or current names of geographic and geopolitical entities. It is hierarchically arranged
using broader/narrower notation, allowing one to navigate the relationships among region, continent,
country, and in some cases, cities. Scope notes briefly detailing the history of country name changes
are included along with instructions and restrictions for their use and application.
Organization Names Authority List is an alphabetical authority list of
name forms for organizations listed in ICPSR metadata as funding agencies or as corporate authors/principal
Downloadable thesaurus files (in XML)
Bibliography (PDF 12K) of reference
documents and thesauri used to prepare the ICPSR controlled vocabulary system
Development of the ICPSR Thesaurus was supported by the National Science Foundation (SES-9977984).
The thesaurus was created using MultiTes thesaurus software.
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