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ISO 2788: Monolingual Thesauri

Date added 30 May 2007
Last edited 10 November 2009

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ISO 2788, Guidelines for the Establishment and Development of Monolingual Thesauri


ISO 2788:1986 consists of recommendations for the establishment and development of consistent indexing practice within an organisation or a consortium. The standard assumes that indexing is being done by humans using natural language to select indexing terms. It is most suitable for cataloguing and descriptive metadata. The standard only deals with monolingual thesauri and is based on the use of preferred terms or indexing terms and non-preferred terms or synonyms.

ISO 2788 chapters cover vocabulary control, indexing terms, use of compound terms, basic relationships within a thesaurus, display of terms and their relationships and management of thesaurus construction.

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ISO 5964: Multilingual Thesauri