Controlled Vocabularies

Many controlled vocabularies are used to describe information resources in the Government of Canada. Describing Web information resources using controlled terminology improves the ability of users to find the information they need when search engines are metadata-enabled.

Library and Archives Canada is actively engaged in the development, management and use of controlled vocabularies for the description of Government of Canada Web resources. This involvement includes:

Government of Canada Controlled Vocabulary Registry

As prescribed in Treasury Board's Standard on Metadata, Library and Archives Canada is responsible for the registration of controlled vocabularies used in the Government of Canada for Web resource discovery.

For more information about implementing a controlled vocabulary on a Government of Canada website, consult our Frequently Asked Questions.

Controlled Vocabulary Registry

Standards for Controlled Vocabulary Development

Government of Canada

Treasury Board. Standard on Metadata

Other

International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Information and documentation - Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies - Part 1: Thesauri for information retrieval. [ISO 25964-1:2011]

International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Information and documentation - Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies - Part 2: Interoperability with other vocabularies. [ISO 25964-2:2013]

International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Information technology - Topic maps - Part 2: Data model. [ISO 13250-2:2006]

National Information Standards Organization (NISO). Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies. [ANSI/NISO Z39.19-2005 (R2010)]

National Information Standards Organization (NISO). Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices. [NISO TR-02-1997]

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