I'm sure there are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of such controlled vocabularies! But here is a website that might give you a starting point:
Linked Open Vocabularies (LOV)
Social Sciences and Map Catalog Librarian
UCLA Cataloging & Metadata Center
Los Angeles, CA
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Subject: [eduCAT] How many controlled vocabularies?
Friends and colleagues,
I am wondering if anyone knows how many controlled vocabularies exist in the world today? I am aware of the OBO Foundry, Taxobank, and I have started to collect lists from other places, but I don't have a clue as to whether these are a representative sample or not. I can only start to understand if I know how many are out there (in every different version). Does anyone have an idea? Does anyone know where I might look? Does the SAS collection at Toronto serve as a complete inventory of these things?
And by controlled vocabulary I mean classification schemes, thesauri, terminologies, ontologies, etc. Anything that is a restricted set of semantics used in the process of indexing or labeling. Yes, that is very general ;-)
Thanks for any and all help you can provide.
Joseph T. Tennis
The Information School
University of Washington
Reviews Editor for the journal Knowledge Organization
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