ISKOI: EuroVoc and multilingual thesauri: Luxembourg: Nov 18-19

Marcia Zeng isko at
Mon Nov 8 08:39:08 CET 2010

--- Mind the lexical gap!
A conference on EuroVoc and multilingual thesauri
Luxembourg, 18 and 19 November

The Publications Office of the European Union is holding a conference
in Luxembourg on 18 and 19 November entitled ‘Mind the lexical gap ­
EuroVoc, building block of the semantic web’. The conference will
present the online multilingual EuroVoc thesaurus and examine other
multilingual controlled vocabularies and indexing tools.

The two-day conference in Luxembourg will look at the online
multilingual EuroVoc thesaurus and the latest developments to turn it
into a functional component of the semantic web. It will also examine
other multilingual controlled vocabularies and indexing tools that
facilitate interoperability and access to multilingual information.

Hosted by the Publications Office of the European Union, the event
will offer a colourful programme of presentations, product
demonstrations and workshops that will provide a lively forum for
exchanges between thesaurus users, managers and information
specialists from the public and private sectors.

According to Martine Reicherts, Director-General of the Publications
Office, ‘Today's automatic indexing programmes and search engines are
giving birth to a “semantic web”

­ a web in which finding information will become increasingly accurate
and easier. As a reference tool used by many national and
international organisations, EuroVoc clearly has an important role to
play in this construction.’

--- EuroVoc at a glance

­    EuroVoc started life in 1984, and was created to provide a
multilingual and multi-disciplinary thesaurus covering all EU

­    Initially created as an indexation tool, EuroVoc is now also used
as a component in language processing and information technologies
such as automatic indexing and categorisation programmes, text mining,
engines etc. which makes finding online content easier and more accurate.

­    EuroVoc has gone from strength to strength, in terms of growing
domain coverage, languages, user features and user public (national
and regional parliaments, national administrations, and private sector

­ EuroVoc is published in line with the linked data principles of the
semantic web: each term or concept has a URI (unique resource
identifier) and can be mapped with another controlled vocabulary. A
thesaurus alignment environment project, currently under way at the
Publications Office, is contributing to this development.

­    The new EuroVoc website contains, among others, an advanced
search tool that allows complex queries through different search modes
(‘exact’, ‘starting with’ or ‘ending with’, ‘contains’), and the use
of truncations. Filters make it possible to narrow down results.
Search results are now clustered by a microthesaurus and ‘top terms’
so that the context of a term can be accessed immediately.

­    The online reference tool is available in 22 of the EU's official
languages, in the language of a candidate country (Croatian) and in
the language of a potential candidate country (Serbian), as well as
Russian, and two regional languages (Basque and Catalan). The user can
select a thesaurus content language or an interface language to
display the editorial content.

Further information ­    EuroVoc website:
Conference programme:

­ Contacts: Glen Campbell
Tel. +352 2929 44687 ­ glen.campbell at
Martina Skockova
Tel. +352 2929 42254 ­ martina.skockova at

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