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Annotated list of lists:

Environmental coding lists:

The Coding lists database is a bibliographic metadatabase on Environmental Nomenclatures, Classifications and Coding Systems, focusing on European requirements.

Geographic data standards:

Geographic data standards, metadatabase of various types of standards for geographic information (exchange formats, metadata standards, ...).

Geographic metadata standards:

Geographic Information Retrieval points to the major standards in construction, and try to apply them on internet resources.

Metadata in GIS and WWW mapping:

Metadata, lists all kinds of links related to metadata in Geographical Information Systems and WWW mapping tools.

Pointers to Web sites related to Geographic Information , a chapter points to various GIS metadata standards (including full reports of ISO TC287 for example), another to metadata sites.

Metadata resources:

Metadata resources, one of the most comprehensive site, with comments. Mainly based on the Internet (URCs etc.) and on american standards.

Multilingual tools and services:

  • Multilingual tools and services, list of dictionaries, glossaries, translation systems, thesauri, multilingual support and retrieval systems, projects, and terminologies available on Internet.

    Thesauri (multilingual):

    INFOTERRA multilingual thesaurus. The best available environmental multilingual thesaurus on the net (en, fr, es, ru, ...), oriented towards developing countries.

    The General Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus (11 european languages) is under construction and the prototype only available as CD-ROM (en,fr,de,nl): the best foreseen thesaurus (contact: Bruno Felluga, RRDA-ITB, Via Morgagni, 30-E, I-00161 Roma RM). GEMET main categories is available here. . A report of the project is here.

    A version of a Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Spanish, developed in the context of a previous initiative of the EEA on the basis of the Dutch Milieu-theasurus, already exists and can be obtained from

    Dr. Laurens De Lavieter, NBOI, Nederlandse Bureau voor Onderzoek Informatie, Amsterdam, Kloveniersburgstraat 29, Tel ++31 20 5510 861, Fax ++31 20 6276 050, e-mail delavieter@nboi.knaw.nl

    FAO AGROVOC thesaurus. A multilingual thesaurus (fr, en, es) with terminology used in biological sciences, agronomy, etc.


    ISO Standards catalogue.

    Universal Resources Caracteristics:

    Universal Resources Caracteristics (URCs) are the metadata that would be included in the head of each electronic (internet) document, such as author, publisher, type etc (it is already in discussion).

    WWW META and HTTP-EQUIV tags entities index:

    WWW META tag entities, all possible metadata fields on the Web or by major software or operating systems. The best way to start if you do not want to reinvent the wheel ... and if you want your site to be seen by robots and other metadata systems.
    For any comments or additions, please do not hesitate to contact me:

    Author: Bruno Kestemont (bkest@ulb.ac.be) of CESSE, under financing of the Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs