Demographic Group Terms available through the LC Linked Data Service


The Library of Congress announces the availability in its Linked Data Service (LC LDS) of the LC Demographic Group Terms vocabulary, which the Library is developing in consultation with the ALA ALCTS Subject Access Committee.  The demographic terms can be accessed as one composite list or through 12 lists representing various demographic categories, such as age groups and occupational groups.   Individual members of the lists may be searched via key word.  Entry to the vocabulary is through the main LC LDS portal,, but the following link goes directly to the Demographic Group Terms within the LC LDS:


Approximately 400 demographic terms that were approved during the first phase of a pilot are available now, and more terms will be added in the future.  Links to descriptions of the vocabulary and its use in bibliographic control, as well as to information about the pilot, are available on the following web site:


As usual for LC LDS data, the LC Demographic Group Terms may be downloaded in various formats, with a focus on RDF.   




Sally H. McCallum

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