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  • 1.  Object Dictionary

    Posted 05-13-2021 15:03
    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking for a pre-baked controlled vocabulary/dictionary/thesaurus/etc of basic object terms. Things like trees, boats, forests, sunset, etc.

    Does anyone have any recommendations? I would really love to not have to try to build this from scratch.


    Meg Morrissey
    Contract for Netflix

  • 2.  RE: Object Dictionary

    Posted 05-17-2021 11:32

    I haven't tried them myself though have you checked out WAND Taxonomies. They have a fairly large pre-built taxonomy catalog.

    George Peckham-Rooney
    Data Analyst
    Office of the Registrar
    Emory University

  • 3.  RE: Object Dictionary

    Posted 05-17-2021 17:37
    Hi George,

    Thanks for the recommendation. I checked out Wand, but they don't have anything as generic as we need. To be honest, I'm not even sure how to describe this - a general glossary? This would be so much easier if it was a specific type of vocabulary.

    If anyone has any recommendations for either sources, either open or available for purchase, please send them my way.

    Thank you!

    Meg Morrissey
    Contract for Netflix

  • 4.  RE: Object Dictionary

    Posted 05-18-2021 07:40
    You can also check the large directory of taxonomies/vocabularies: BARTOC (Basic Register of Thesauri, Ontologies, and Classifications)

    Heather Hedden

  • 5.  RE: Object Dictionary

    Posted 05-19-2021 11:16
    There are a few other resources you might look at:

    Many are available in multiple languages has over 2000 vocabularies and lists the terms of use for each.

    UNSPSC is and international coding system for e-commerce and a good place to look for terms options.  It is the underlying source for places like e-Bay, SAP Ariba, Mercado libre, B&H Photo Walmart and may others.  their web site says "United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®), managed by GS1 US™ for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is an open, global, multi-sector standard for efficient, accurate classification of products and services. UNSPSC is an efficient, accurate and flexible classification system for achieving company-wide visibility of spend analysis, as well as, enabling procurement to deliver on cost-effectiveness demands and allowing full exploitation of electronic commerce capabilities. Encompassing a five level hierarchical classification codeset, UNSPSC enables expenditure analysis at grouping levels relevant to your needs. You can drill down or up to the codeset to see more or less detail as is necessary for business analysis."

    In Europe the companion (or competitive) system is e-class.  



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  • 6.  RE: Object Dictionary

    Posted 05-18-2021 08:05
    Hi Meg - 

    I was working on a similar project a while back and was looking at product taxonomies, including Amazon and GPC....but that's about as far as we ever got. And I don't think any company is in the business of selling the sunset, so I doubt that would be in there. Although with NFTs who knows. :)

    Amanda Bloom
    2021 Past President, SLA Taxonomy Community
    Director, Metadata

  • 7.  RE: Object Dictionary

    Posted 05-18-2021 08:43
    Hi Meg,

    The Art & Architecture Thesaurus from the Getty Institute might be a useful starting point, although the hierarchy goes a lot deeper than you need. They have terms for trees, boats, forests, and sunsets. If it's been the subject of art, they've classified it.

    Erica Leeman
    National Fire Protection Association