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Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloging

"These thesauri provide standardized vocabulary for retrieving special collections materials by form, genre, or by various physical characteristics that are typically of interest to researchers and special collections librarians, and for relating materials to individuals or corporate bodies."

Powerhouse Museum Object Names Thesaurus

"The thesaurus has been developed specifically for our collection. The Powerhouse collection covers a wide variety of subject areas and many different types of objects are included. There are approximately 8,600 terms. But we do not claim to have a comprehensive list of all objects and we are actively seeking contributions to broaden the appeal of the thesaurus. We have recently added a number of new terms at the request of the National Museum of Australia, and we continue to work with them in developing the thesaurus.

Les Thésaurus Réseau Accès Informatisé aux Collections des Institutions Muséales

"Les 3 thesaurus en consultation libre sur ce site sont le fruit de plusieurs années de travail. Ils ont été créés spécialement afin de répondre aux besoins spécifiques des musées membres du Réseau AICIM. Ils évoluent chaque jour grâce aux ajouts et suggestions des musées. Leurs buts sont de normaliser le vocabulaire utilisé dans les fiches d'inventaire et de faciliter la recherche des objets dans la base de données AICIM."]]>

"The 3 thesauri in free consultation on this site are the result of several years of work and have been specially created to meet the specific needs of the museums members of the AICIM Network, which evolve every day thanks to the additions and suggestions of the museums. Goals are to standardize the vocabulary used in the inventory records and to facilitate the search of objects in the AICIM database. "

British Museum Object Names Thesaurus

"A Collections Data Management Section (CDMS) Working Party was set up in the 1980s to analyse the terms used to record object names in the British Museum, and to incorporate them into an on-line thesaurus. Hierarchical and other standard thesaural relationships were added, as well as explanatory notes where appropriate. The thesaurus architecture is based on ISO 2788. Curatorial advice has been sought at all stages of the project, and a number of publications were consulted, which are listed in the bibliography.

British Museum Materials Thesaurus

"The decision to publish The British Museum materials thesaurus was based on the interest shown in it over the years by visiting documentation specialists, and their requests for copies. In my opinion, the thesaurus is unique, due to the great range of terms included, the inevitable consequence of documenting world-wide collections from almost any historical period, a great variety of cultures, and covering almost any type of object.

Thésaurus-Matiére pour l'Indexation des Archives Locales

"Le thésaurus révisé reste un thésaurus mono-hiérarchique, c’est-à-dire qu’un descripteur donné n’est rattaché qu’à une seule branche thématique. On compense cette contrainte par des relations d’association. Par exemple, les descripteurs se rapportant aux différents modes de transport se trouvent dans une hiérarchie 'transport' dans le chapitre 3 COMMUNICATIONS, alors que les termes relatifs aux infrastructures de transport sont dans une hiérarchie 'voie de communication' dans le chapitre 6 ÉQUIPEMENT.

"The revised thesaurus remains a mono-hierarchical thesaurus, that is, a given descriptor is linked to only one thematic branch. Descriptors for the different modes of transport are in a transport hierarchy in Chapter 3 COMMUNICATIONS, whereas the terms relating to transport infrastructure are in a 'communication channel' hierarchy in Chapter 6 EQUIPMENT.