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UNBIS Thesaurus on
UNBIS Thesaurus on
Tuesday 17 December 2019

Topics: Resources

How do search engines retrieve results, and how can we make the UN’s published output relevant for such searchers? Linked data is structured data interlinked with other data, making it more useful (and discoverable) through semantic queries. The Dag Hammarskjöld Library is pleased to announce the launch of their new linked data services platform:

The site currently hosts the Library’s UNBIS Thesaurus and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ taxonomy of Sustainable Development Goals identifiers.

The UNBIS Thesaurus is a database of controlled vocabulary used by UN programmes, funds and regional commissions to describe the UN’s published output (parliamentary documents, publications, reports etc.). The first online version of this resource was launched in 2001, and the new platform provides a revamped interface with increased functionality in the six official UN languages.  The UNBIS Thesaurus grows and evolves as new topics are introduced to the agenda of the Organization.  Controlled vocabulary makes subject searches possible by identifying materials on the same concept consistently, despite terminology changes over time. 

DESA’s SDG Taxonomy was produced in collaboration with technical experts from across the UN system.  They developed a system of Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) for the SDGs, the related targets and indicators, related entities linking to UNBIS Thesaurus terms,  as well as the SDG Interface Ontology, maintained by UN Environment. These common identifiers are deployed to provide a key element of infrastructure that will allow UN system organizations and relevant stakeholders to map their SDG resources to the growing pool of knowledge about the SDGs available on the semantic web.   

More linked data services and taxonomies will be hosted on as they become available.

We welcome feedback on this new service. 

Index to Proceedings - Security Council
Index to Proceedings - Security Council
Friday 4 October 2019

Topics: Resources

Did you know that the Security Council adopted a resolution on conflict-induced hunger in 2018? Or that it held a total of 288 meetings in which Poland, one of the non-permanent members, delivered 170 statements? 

All these fascinating details about the work of the Security Council can be discovered in the Index to Proceedings (ITP) and we are pleased to announce that the 2018 edition has just been published and can be consulted online.

The Index to Proceedings gives insight into how various issues were brought before the Security Council for discussion and action, and which decisions were taken by the 15 Security Council members on questions of global concern.  Document references link to full text online versions of each document.  The Index is divided into two parts: a subject index and an index to speeches.

The Index to Proceedings includes:

•             Information about membership and each member’s terms of office

•             List of presidents

•             Checklist of meetings

•             List of ad-hoc committees

•             Agenda with corresponding subject headings

•             List of documents

•             List of adopted resolutions

•             Voting chart for adopted resolutions

Want to know more about these valuable research tools produced by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library?  These resources provide a more in-depth look at the Indexes:

Ask DAG FAQ: What is the Index to Proceedings?

Research Guide : UN Documentation Resources