January 23, 2022

Metadata: Updated CAB Thesaurus of Agriculture Terminology Approaches 2.5 Million Terms

From CABI:

The 2016 edition of CAB Thesaurus – the largest source of terminology covering the applied life sciences – was published today. It provides a controlled vocabulary resource of nearly 2.5 million descriptive terms.

CAB Thesaurus is an essential tool for academic, corporate and government librarians, who need to navigate, retrieve and index vast amounts of data. It can also be used for cataloguing and organizing in-house databases, as well as managing intranets, and is accessed on a daily basis by users of CABI’s CAB Abstracts, Global Health and related CABI products.


CAB Thesaurus content has grown significantly since the last edition was published in 2014. The updated version now includes 2,495,753 terms, including 157,368 distinct concepts (preferred terms) and 126,417 synonyms, as well as translations of these from English into ten European languages. New structural and organizational features have been added to increase its utility. Particular attention has been paid to translation of English content and technical issues related to open data, as well as the needs of projects such as the award-winning Plantwise food security programme and the open access Invasive Species Compendium.

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