The CIESIN Indexing Vocabulary was developed to index data resources and datasets related to human interactions in global change. Metadata records containing the CIESIN Indexing Vocabulary can be found in SEDAC Data Browse and Search results, and WDC Data Browse and Search results.
This section represents a revised and restructured version of the CIESIN Indexing
Vocabulary version 2.1 developed in 1997. The CIESIN Location Indexing
Terms were last revised 7 June 2002. The CIESIN Indexing Terms have
not been revised since 1997.
The CIESIN Indexing Vocabulary is composed of two entities:
1. CIESIN Indexing Terms
CIESIN Indexing Terms consist of a controlled thesaurus of socioeconomic
and environmental parameters or indicators arranged according to
nine Science Data Domains or "Topics":
- Within each of the Topics, the parameters are organized in a hierarchical
relationship of "Term" (broader term) and "Variable" (narrower term).
The general structure of CIESIN Indexing Terms is thus:
CIESIN > Agriculture and Food Security > Agricultural Diseases
CIESIN > Agriculture and Food Security > Agricultural Diseases > Animal Diseases
2. CIESIN Location Indexing Terms
CIESIN Location Indexing Terms is a controlled vocabulary developed
to represent the geographical, geopolitical, and spatial coverage of
socioeconomic and environmental data resources.
The location terms are arranged in categories, rather than hierarchically,
- Water Body
Country and Island names are from the CIA World Factbook, Washington, D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency, 2001. Retrieved May 23, 2002 from http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html.
CIESIN Indexing Vocabulary's USMARC source code is: "ciesiniv". The
thesaurus is listed in the USMARC Code List for Relators, Sources, Description