Thésaurus AnaEE (anaeeThes)

The anaeeThes thesaurus aims at providing a controlled vocabulary for the semantic description of the study of continental ecosystems and their biodiversity. It has been developed within the framework of the AnaEE-France infrastructure through an iterative process combining both top down and bottom up approaches: import of concepts from other thesauri and collection of concepts used in the AnaEE data bases and/or modeling platforms.

The concepts of anaeeThes are mainly used as :
– keywords for the description of services (experimental platforms, analytical platforms, modeling platforms and databases) in metadata records (ISO19115/19119),
– classes for the extension of an ongoing OBOE based ontology on ecosystem experimentation.

The thesaurus consists of concepts handled in different main thematic areas:

  • Abiotic (atmosphere, climate, hydrosphere, litosphere, …)
  • Biotic (animals, plants, micro-organisms, biodiversity, …)
  • Chemical compounds
  • Experimentation and observation (instrument, method, protocol, measurement, quality, infrastructure …)
  • Ecosystems (type, structure, functioning …)
  • Modeling (formalism, platform, type of model, computer language …)
  • Disciplines (disciplinary and scientific fields)
  • Unit (units of the international system, inherited from the OBOEstandards ontology)

anaeeThes contains 12 top concepts. It contains nearly 3320 concepts, of which about 1500 are also offered in French. 360 concepts are inherited from the OBOE-standards ontology, while 748 concepts about soils and their characteristics were created using the « Référentiel pédologique 2008 – AFES» and  « World reference base for soil resources 2006 – FAO ». Approximately 400 concepts are aligned with the Agrovoc and  280 with Gemet thesauri.Approximately 480 concepts have a definition.The hierarchy offers up to 8 depth levels.

Although the headings of the first and second levels are now stable, it is still evolving, especially on the issue of translation and alignment.

The Thesaurus is licensed under the CC-BY 4.0

DOI : 10.15454/1.4894016754286177E12

Présentez vos vocabulaires au Vocabulary Carnival à la conférence SEMANTiCS 2016

The Vocabulary Carnival at SEMANTiCS 2016 is a unique opportunity for vocabulary publishers to showcase and share their work, meet the growing community of vocabulary publishers and users, and build useful semantic, technical and social links.

When? The Vocabulary Carnival is part of the SEMANTiCS programme with the Carnival Minute Madness on the 13th of September and on the industrial marketplace.

What kind of vocabularies do we expect?

  • Any kind! For this event we use a very open definition of what a vocabulary is. Ontologies, classifications, thesauri, concept and metadata schemes, whatever their format, in RDF or not, are all welcome.

  • Bootstrap your new Vocabulary project: At the carnival you can present your ideas and early stage vocabs to find the right people to get the Vocab discussion going. We require at least a project web site.

What is your benefit of submitting?

  • attention: make people aware of your work
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How to submit your Vocabulary to the Carnival?

  1. Make sure your vocabulary is accessible on the Web through a public URI.

  2. Communicate your intention to participate at by joining and posting your vocabulary link and writing “See you at the Carnival in Leipzig” or send an email to , with subject “Vocabulary Carnival”.

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Your vocabulary submission will be evaluated in accordance to the following criteria:

  • Reusability – Which vocabularies and/or ontology design patterns have been reused in its development? Has it been mapped, aligned, imported within other ontologies yet? If not, where do you foresee potential reuse?

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  • Availability: We expect your vocabulary (terminology, taxonomy, ontology, etc.) to be hosted on the Web at a persistent URI (PURL, w3id, ODI) and with an appropriate licence specification. If it is not Linked Data or uploaded to you can get technical help and advise at the conference.

  • Usage: Which academic/industrial projects have adopted the vocabulary? Which datasets have been annotated using the vocabulary?

At the SEMANTiCS 2016 Conference:

  • Prepare a poster (max format A0) presenting your vocabulary: description, purpose, history and link to its publication page. Your description of the vocabulary must include the above criteria.

  • Present your poster in the dedicated space at SEMANTiCS conference.

  • Brace yourself to participate in the Vocabulary Minute Madness, where every vocabulary will have one minute to convince of its usefulness and quality. Sporting your vocabulary colors at this occasion is optional, but will be much appreciated.

  • An independent jury will select the best vocabulary poster and presentation.

Vocabulary Carnival and LOV

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  • If your vocabulary is not yet meeting the technical requirements to be included in LOV, and you wish it could, we can help you to achieve that during the Carnival.

About the Vocabulary Carnival

The Vocabulary Carnival will be hosted at the SEMANTiCS conference, Sep 12-15 2016


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