Polar Vocabularies - Version 1
We are currently using this form to enter information about vocabularies, glossaries, ontologies and other semantic resources that are relevant to the cryosphere or polar regions writ broadly.
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with a description so that updates can be made.
The email address of the person filling out this form (e.g.,
The name or email address of a person who or organization which manages the resource (e.g.,
Citable reference for the resource
e.g., NSIDC (Ed.). (n.d.). "Cryosphere Glossary".National Snow and Ice Data Center. Retrieved September 18, 2018, from
What type of resource is this?
Semantic resources fall along a spectrum of reasoning capability. All types are useful, depending on your context. Expanded definitions of the resource types we've defined so far can be found at
Controlled vocabulary (a list of terms controlled by some authority)
Glossary (terms and their definitions, possibly with synonyms)
Thesaurus (a structured controlled vocabulary with relationships and other info about each term)
Taxonomy (hierarchies of terms organized as tree structures without relations to other structures)
Ontology (a set of concepts with attributes & relationships that define a domain of knowledge)
The name or title of the resource (e.g., NSIDC Cryosphere Glossary)
Web site URL
URL of the resource itself
URL of the repository which supports the resource
Type of Governance
Who is maintaining the resource and how likely is it to be maintained for the long term. Project developed/maintained is typically only maintained during the project; community maintained is likely to last longer; if a formal non-profit organization is maintaining it - it could be maintained indefinitely (or until superseded).
Community (loose group of organizations or individual members) maintained
Non-profit maintained (formal maintenance by a non-profit)
Human readable (i.e., plain text)
Available in which formats
What formats can the resource be accessed in...
Does the resource include non-polar and/or non-cryospheric terms?
Broader domain than (but including) the cryosphere/polar regions
What user communities are using or are planning on using this resource
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