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Joined-up Data Standards

About the JUDS Thesaurus

This thesaurus is a free repository of data standards that have been mapped by theJoined-up Data Standards (JUDS) project.

The project aims to generate the political will and to find technical solutions to join up data standards, so that data can be turned into useable information for a better understanding of development challenges and how to design, implement and monitor more effective policies to address them.

Initially we mapped these standards to drive theJUDS discussion papers, each of which focuses on an area where there are multiple standards that are used for an identical or similar purpose. We’ve used the thesaurus to cross-map the standards and use its linked data outputs to build visualisations that highlight issues.

The thesaurus now features a handy search or translate tool, so you can query the mappings of the data standards held here to understand the relationships between them.

This thesaurus is continually expanding. We will add any new standards to the  list of data standards when they become available.


How the thesaurus works

The data standards held in the thesaurus are linked together using the Simple Knowledge Organisation System (SKOS). SKOS not only provides a universal ‘language’ for defining relationships between concepts (terms) in a single taxonomy (vocabulary, thesaurus or classification scheme) but also a means of systematically comparing concepts in different taxonomies.

Collaborate with us

We’re seeking to collaborate with experts interested in (or responsible for) the standards covered by our discussion papers. Collaborators will have access to the JUDS thesaurus server and will be able to engage in discussions on cross-mapping issues.

Separate project workspaces are also available on the thesaurus server for use by other open data standards that could benefit from the platform and its technology.

If you are interested in working with us pleasecontact us.