The ELSST service aims to be inclusive and recognise the diversity of all people. We are working to make sure the terminology used across ELSST is appropriate, inclusive, unbiased and respects diversity and equality.
We recognise that ELSST may contain historic terminology that is no longer considered respectful and we are actively working to change this. Due to the time it takes to translate new and updated content, changes may not appear as quickly as we would like. At present, one annual release of updated content is made, usually in mid-September each year. In some cases, translation updates may take longer if resources for a particular language are not available.
Please note that historical or obsolete terms may still be found in earlier versions of ELSST or in deprecated concepts. In ELSST, concepts are deprecated, not deleted. It is important to maintain links to deprecated concepts to ensure that external metadata resources that have not been updated to use the latest ELSST terminology remain findable and accessible (see the FAIR Principles recommendations on Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability of digital assets).
We encourage all ELSST users to update their metadata resources to use the current terms where possible.
We welcome your suggestions and comments. Please contact us using the ELSST feedback form.