Vocabularies in CESSDA (VOICE) is a service to manage the multilingual content of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CESSDA ERIC). A CESSDA-wide policy regarding creation and maintenance of multilingual content will be defined.

From 01 January 2018, the management of ELSST content will be funded by CESSDA through VOICE. Ongoing structural work is needed, both exploring and suggesting new and updated English terms and their places in the hierarchies, as well as co-ordinating and supporting the work of the translators, approving all updates and making regular releases of the content.

The thesaurus management system encompasses the data input interfaces, the database to store the concepts and the software to manage this. This needs to be maintained so that the thesaurus can function. The system will be reviewed after use by the CESSDA Service Providers (SPs) with an aim to enhance this for the translators and users of the thesaurus. It should also be relocated to the CESSDA Technical Infrastructure.

Management and co-ordination of multilingual controlled vocabularies will also be needed by CESSDA. With the development of the CV Manager (via a separate work plan task) and the drive to strengthen and widen CESSDA by including content from all current and planned additional Service Providers, then best practice guidelines and some training modules are required to guide the content translation process and assist users of ELSST.


Principal Investigator (s): John Shepherdson, CESSDA ERIC; Anne Etheridge, Sharon Bolton, UK Data Archive

Project Officers: Lorna Balkan, Suzanne Barbalet and Jeannine Beeken, UK Data Archive


Project dates: 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018


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