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Using ELSST

The thesaurus is free to search and browse online using the Skosmos publishing solution. ELSST is also free to download on acceptance of a CC-BY-SA licence.

Search or browse online

Terms can be browsed either via their hierarchical structure or by alphabetical listing. They can also be searched using the search box, either by a specific language or across all languages. Searches are case-insensitive and diacritic-insensitive. The system autocompletes the string.

The symbol * can be used for truncated searches. For example

  • man* will find all terms containing a word starting with ‘man’, e.g. MAN (HUMAN MALE), MAN-MADE, MANAGERS, MANUAL WORKERS. This search equals searching for ‘man’ without *
  • *man will find all terms that contain a word ending in ‘man’, e.g. EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN
  • *man* will find all terms that contain ‘man’ anywhere in the term, e.g. BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, DEMAND, POLITICAL MANIFESTOS, HUMAN RIGHTS
  • *-* or *'* finds for example ANTI-TERRORISM, BABY-SITTING, MAN-MADE ENVIRONMENT, MEDICAL X-RAYS and ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, CHEMISTS’ SHOPS, WOMEN’S HEALTH respectively

There are two options for selecting terms, either by selecting one concept from the autocompleted list or by pressing the Search button. When using the Search button, all retrieved concepts are listed. For example, when searching for man all of the concepts containing ‘man’ anywhere in the term are listed. The symbols, for example ↳ , are explained by hovering over them, in this case ‘Narrower concepts’.

The search results for *man* can be limited by selecting one of the parents or broader terms. For example, selecting the parent MANAGEMENT filters out CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, DEMAND, POLITICAL MANIFESTOS, HUMAN RIGHTS and lists for example BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING, MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS. The filter can be cleared by pressing the ‘Clear limitations’ button.

API access

The Skosmos installation provides an API. See the Swagger documentation for details.

Download ELSST

ELSST is also free to download on acceptance of a CC-BY-SA licence. This allows users to modify and build upon the work even for commercial purposes. Any new works that use the original content must carry the same CC-BY-SA licence and CESSDA must be clearly credited as the owner of the work.