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Creation of a Web‐Enabled Framework of a Taxonomy of Terms at the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Daniel W. Gillman and Randall K. Powers


The US Bureau of Labor Statistics is building a taxonomy and lexicon of terms and concepts of its technical language. The terms will also be linked to plain English words the public tends to use in place of them. The taxonomy will first be organized as a thesaurus, with possible expansion as resources permit and the need demands. The lexicon will be an alphabetical listing of the terms. The main drivers for the project are to support 1) the development of an agency wide series dissemination system, and 2) tagging documents, reports, and periodicals. An aim is to ensure consistent retrieval of documents and data. We will describe the beginning of an effort to create a web-enabled framework that will allow users to view details of the taxonomy and make searches of its contents.