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Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary

The Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (IPSV) is an 'encoding scheme' for populating the e-GMS Subject element of metadata. It is fully compliant with ISO 2788 and BS 8723, the International and British Standards for monolingual thesauri. The vocabulary was developed with the backing of the ODPM (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) and the eGU (Cabinet Office e-Government Unit).

General information
Vocabulary type: 
Current version/edition : 
Current version date: 
Mon, 2006-04-03
Available formats: 
Browsable/searchable online, Rdf (xml), Taxonomy (xml), Spreadsheet of concepts (csv), Spreadsheet of concept scheme (csv), Word version (rtf), Pdf version (pdf); see
Was vocabulary created as a course project: 
Vocabulary characteristics
Number of classes: 


Number of preferred terms: 
756 (Internal vocabulary); 549 (Abridged version)
Number of Non-Preferred terms: 
1333 (Internal vocabulary); 1472 (Abridged version)
Terms and Conditions
Licensing Options: 

We wish to encourage the re-use of the IPSV. It may be downloaded by individuals and organisations for incorporation in products and services that are made available to others without requiring a licence or payment of fees.

Anyone who includes the IPSV in a product or service should ensure that they do not alter the data or its presentation in any way that damages the integrity of the IPSV. We shall not be liable for any losses due to errors or omissions in the IPSV. In addition esd-toolkit requires that the data is not used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context. The source of the material must be acknowledged as esd-toolkit and the title referring to Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary should appear on all documents and must be included when being reproduced as part of other publications or services.
[Accessed 9/26/2013]

Vocabulary provider name: 
Effective Service Delivery (ESD), UK Local Government Association
Provider URL: