This is an informal website that is being used to test ways to develop, visualise and communicate controlled vocabularies and taxonomies for the humanitarian community. It is not currently endorsed. For more information and to share ideas and thoughts, please contact Helen Campbell.
Why Controlled vocabularies and Taxonomies
Words Matter! Using mutually understandable terminology is vital to humanitarian collaboration.
- How do you collaborate with someone if you use different words to describe the same thing?
- How do you find the information you need if everyone is describing things differently?
Taxonomies allow terms to be understood in both human and machine readable ways.
See more at http://vocabulary.unocha.org/
The difference between Controlled Vocabularies and Taxonomies
Defining standardized Taxonomical relationships between terms allows humans and computers to more easily integrate and explore information. This will be further explained later.
The Humanitarian eXchange Language (HXL) and Vocabularies/Taxonomies
See more at http://hxlstandard.org/classification/
Types of Taxonomical Relationships
The are three main types of taxonomical relationships – two are ‘hierarchical’ relationships, and the other is ‘associative’ relationships.
Hierarchical Relationships (indicate that a term has a range of other terms that are broader or narrower in meaning):
- Is Broader Than
- Is Narrower Than
Associative Relationships (indicate that a term has a range of other terms that typically relate to it, or participate in it):
- Is Related To
Hierarchical Relationships – Disaster Types
Hierarchical and Associative Relationships – Cash and Voucher Programming