Launch of 2016 edition of European Language Social Science Thesaurus

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ElsstThe Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) has launched an updated version of the online European Language Social Science Thesaurus. ELSST facilitates the translation of social science data terms in 12 languages: Danish, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish. The search tool at the upper right of the ELSST homepage allows users to retrieve translations of terms such as ‘probability theory’, ‘labour force’ &c.

ELSST also provides a dynamic visual map of relationships between thesaurus terms.


From the ELSST manual: ELSST employs the usual range of terms and thesaural relationships:

  • Preferred Terms (PTs)
  • Use For (UFs) or Non-Preferred terms
  • Broader Terms (BTs)
  • Narrower Terms (NTs)
  • Related Terms (RTs)

ELSST is developed by CESSDA in collaboration with the UK Data Service, a large-scale repository of social science and economic data, associated with the University of Essex. CESSDA, based in Bergen, Norway, provides large scale, integrated data services to the international social sciences community.