Thesaurus Construction Guidelines

MoTIF is a collaborative project undertaken by the The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and the National Library of Ireland (NLI).

The project aim was to produce guidelines on the construction of thesauri for librarians, archivists, museum professionals and other information professionals.

Thesauri are vital and valuable tools in content discovery, information organisation and retrieval, activities common to all fields including cultural heritage and higher education as well as business and enterprise. Thesauri allow information professionals to represent content in a consistent manner and enable researchers and the public to find this content easily and quickly.

These guidelines will give professionals the advice they need to improve their own data practices by adhering to international standards and best practices.