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Thesaurus Sources

About the Source Vocabularies

In accordance with its modalities of operation, the Biosafety Clearing-House makes use, where appropriate, of a controlled vocabulary to describe records, which can be translated into the official United Nations languages, to facilitate the ability to search for records in all languages. Where possible, the translations are taken from existing sources, including international multilingual thesauruses. Where available, the source for a translation is indicated in its thesaurus entry.

Primary Sources

The following sources provide the primary source material for most of the terms included in the BCH Thesaurus.

AGROVOC Multilingual Agricultural Thesaurus
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOP)
ENVOC Multilingual Thesaurus of Agricultural Terms
CABI Codes

Further information is provided below.

Source Details

AGROVOC Multilingual agricultural thesaurus (AGROVOC)

Information about the resource: AGROVOC is a multilingual, structured and controlled vocabulary designed to cover the terminology of all subject fields in environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and related domains.
Thesaurus domain(s): All
Owner / creator: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Languages: Arabic, Czech, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Reference: http://www.fao.org/aims/ag_intro.htm

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Information about the resource: The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is the primary source for all information used in the Biosafety Clearing-House.
Thesaurus domain(s): All
Owner / creator: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian
Reference: http://www.biodiv.org/biosafety/protocol.asp

Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP)

Information about the resource: Decisions made by the governing body of the Protocol, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol.
Thesaurus domain(s): All
Owner / creator: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian
Reference: http://www.biodiv.org/biosafety/cop-mop/search.aspx

ENVOC Multilingual Thesaurus of Environmental Terms

Information about the resource: EnVoc is a multilingual thesaurus with a controlled and structured vocabulary for use in indexing, storing and retrieval of environmental information. Envoc is no longer maintained, but has been used where relevant terms exist.
Thesaurus domain(s): All
Owner / creator: United Nations Environment Programme
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian
Reference: 4th edition (1997), ISBN: 9280712608

CABI Codes (CABC)

Information about the resource: CABICODES have been derived from the classification schemes used in the AGRICOLA and AGRIS databases, with changes made to allow for differences in subject scope and emphasis. This resource is also used by ICGEB to classify their bibliographic records.
Thesaurus domain(s): Bibliographic resources
Owner / creator: CAB International
Languages: English
Reference: http://www.cabi.org/guides/cabicodes.htm

   
   
Update on 2009-12-18
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