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CESSDA ELSST Thesaurus – two new languages added

The CESSDA ELSST team at the UK Data Service are pleased to announce a new release of the CESSDA ELSST Thesaurus.

Two new languages, Hungarian and Icelandic, have been included in the latest release. Staff from the Centre for Social Sciences Research Documentation Centre (TK KDK) in Hungary and DATICE (The Icelandic Social Science Data Service) worked with the ELSST team to produce the new translations.

ELSST is a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences, owned and published by CESSDA. It is used for data discovery within CESSDA and facilitates access to data resources across Europe, independent of domain, resource, language or vocabulary.

ELSST is now available in 16 languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish. Existing language versions have also been updated where possible, including the addition of Definitions and Scope notes for the Lithuanian translation.

ELSST content work this year includes completion of the revision of concepts related to sexuality, and an update of terms related to migration. This release also sees a number of technical innovations designed to improve ELSST compliance with the FAIR principles, including more defined versioning (this release of ELSST is Version 3); improved visibility of deprecated concepts; and a simpler, more streamlined SKOS concept scheme.

For more information, see the ELSST Version 3 Release notes for a summary of changes and the news release on the CESSDA website.