Evidence B                                                                


Domain Education
Name of the best vocabulary you found UNESCO-IBE Education Thesaurus
Structure of the best vocabulary:

ù  hierarchical classification/taxonomy

ù  faceted classif/taxonomy

ù  precoordinate vocabulary   (with semantic relationships?)

ù  postcoordinate vocabulary   (with semantic relationships?)

ù  other (what?)

The thesaurus is structured in a hierarchical classification. It offers three different versions – alphabetical, faceted, and permuted list of descriptors and identifiers as well as an indexed version to browse. It is used for indexing materials in the educational field and documentation centers around the world.
Estimated number of terms of the best vocabulary. 600 terms
Copyright protected? Licensing fees? Cost of using the vocabulary? The 6th English edition is available for free online. There are no licensing fees. But if you want a copy of the CD-Rom version, you have to pay to order it.
Discussion of why you selected this one as the “best.” This one was the best of the ones that I found online.

It seemed more user-friendly and thorough than some of the ones I have seen. I like that they offered different versions of it in PDF (faceted, permuted and alphabetical). Seeing the different versions side by side helped me see the differences between them. Also this one was not too specific. It had more information. And they allowed pretty fair and open use terms.

I liked the subject matter and focus; it is a very useful index for those in the educational field. I learned some things just by looking at the thesaurus. Their word choices are distinct, and easy to understand and follow.

Like this part:

413 College and university students

College students

. Undergraduate students

Foreign students


Married students

Resident students

University students

. Postgraduate students

. Undergraduate students

You can see the overall hierarchy. The list is very thorough.

I think it would be very helpful for education researchers and school libraries as well. Some of the ones I saw were limited (or at least limited the content you could see without registering or paying). That is understandable but this site is for education, and understands fair use.

The search function was more user-friendly than some other sites I was looking at as well. It gives you terms that match your search word, and lists “use” terms. For example: http://databases.unesco.org/thesaurus/wwwi32.exe/%5Bin=affiche.in%5D/

Under the search term results, each hit lists master term, broader term, related terms, etc. in colored text. If you click on a hit, it will open up in its own page. There are also hyperlinks available that will take you to the UNESDOC library database, recommended and giving you articles or books in English, French or Spanish. It even gives you the MARC record! You can request the search materials directly with a few clicks.

The displays and layouts are easy to read. You can get a feel for the hierarchy in each version of the thesaurus offered.

List of other useful vocabularies and classification systems for the domain, with enough information that someone who wanted to find it would be able to (URL, etc.) ERIC http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/resources/html/thesaurus/about_thesaurus.html

Australian thesaurus of education descriptors http://www.acer.edu.au/library/ated/about-ated

Kellogg Project http://www-distance.syr.edu/thesaurus.html

EDUTHES, inspired by ERIC


ETB – cool metadata network http://etb.eun.org/eun.org2/eun/en/etb/content.cfm?lang=en&ov=7443

British Education Index and Thesaurus