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Taxonomy / Lexicon project at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Daniel Gillman
US Bureau of Labor Statistics

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics is building a taxonomy and lexicon of terms and concepts of its technical language. The terms will also be linked to plain English words the public tends to use in place of them. The taxonomy will first be organized as a thesaurus, with possible expansion as resources permit and the need demands. The lexicon will be an alphabetical listing of the terms. The main drivers for the project are to support 1) the development of an agency wide series dissemination system, and 2) tagging documents, reports, and periodicals. An aim is to ensure consistent retrieval of documents and data. A team was assembled over the summer to address these issues. First, we gathered the terms and underlying concepts describing time series. These will be organized, and concurrently, the plain English words the public uses will be identified. Finally, terms, concepts, and plain English describing other data will be added. The initial phase of this project is due in January, but additional work and improvements will be necessary. Organizations that build thesauri find the system must be continually maintained, so this will be an on-going effort.

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