New version of ELSST thesaurus released

A new version of The European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST) is available. FSD uses ELSST for indexing studies in its holdings in English. Using the thesaurus and consistent keywords facilitates data discovery across language boundaries and promotes the international visibility of research data.

The latest version was released on 14 September and it focused on the revision of the environment hierarchy, and of terms related to sexuality and gender. The new release includes 19 new concepts and 22 new or changed definitions. In addition, several entry terms were revised, and the hierarchical relations of terms were improved. All version changes since the last release are listed in the Release Notes.

The ELSST thesaurus is currently available in 14 languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish. A Hungarian version is planned for early 2022.

ELSST is owned and published by CESSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives and it contains over 3,300 terms covering core social science topics, such as politics, sociology, economics, education, law, health, employment, and environment. ELSST and its translations are managed through a web-based development platform VocBench and published through Skosmos, an open-source ontology publishing tool developed by the National Library of Finland.

FSD collaborates with several other European data archives in revising and updating ELSST content.