Controlled Vocabularies

Various authors, Library, Archives Canada, Sept 21, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Canada maintains a registry of controlled vocabularies for use in Dublin Core metadata elements. This page links to a wide variety of them, including audience, coverage, format, various subjects, and more. It's a good example of a controlled vocabulary, but may not be useful for everyone, as it is fairly narrowly targeted. And sometimes the choices are odd; in the audience vocabulary, for example, you can specify 'women' as an audience, but not 'men'. Related: the Government of Canada DC application profile for resource discovery. There is also a guide to the development of controlled vocabularies in Canada by the Government On-Line (GOL) Metadata Working Group. I've been subscribed to the GOL's mailing list for many years.
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