The INIS (International Nuclear Information System) Thesaurus is a valuable and useful product used by the INIS Secretariat and Member States to index documents for input into the INIS Collection and to facilitate information retrieval for global users of the collection. This interesting information came from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in their article, “INIS Thesaurus latest developments.”

By continually updating, it is able to stay abreast of new developments in terminology of nuclear science and technology. The INIS Thesaurus includes 30,822 terms and has been translated into eight languages. New terms from all areas of nuclear science and technology are proposed by Member States and the INIS Secretariat and approved by the Google based Thesaurus Advisory Group.

Developing a taxonomy or classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the taxonomy subject area. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should always look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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