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STW Thesaurus for Economics

STW is a richly interconnected vocabulary in English and German on economics and business economics as well as some related subject areas. It includes subject categories and numerous synonyms  to enable users to find the appropriate terms.
The thesaurus provides vocabulary on any economic subject: about 5,800 standardized subject headings and about 17,000 entry terms to support individual keywords. You can also find technical terms used in law, sociology, or politics, and geographic names.
Includes persistent identifiers for each term.
W3C case study re publication of the thesaurus as linked open data:

General information
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Scope and Usage

To provide "an interlinking hub for economics resources on the web."
“The STW Thesaurus for Economics might be helpful while searching ZBW’s ECONIS catalogue on economic issues. … When selecting terms from this vocabulary, you are sure to get results matching your search query.”
“The information on the web pages is also embedded as data (RDFa) in order to support multiple re-use in the economics and business communities and within the semantic web.”

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The thesaurus is delivered as XHTML+RDFa pages with an incremental search interface and a navigable tree. A SKOS RDF/XML dump can be downloaded, as well as a set of links to dbpedia concepts.

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“The STW Thesaurus for Economics is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license are available at ZBW.”

Vocabulary provider name: 
The Leibniz Institution ZBW – German National Library of Economics / Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
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