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USC Shoah Foundation Thesaurus

Containing thousands of genocide-related concepts and experiences, the USC Shoah Foundation Thesaurus is one of the first of its kind. It lists the indexing terms used to describe the video testimonies and arranges them hierarchically under broad headings. These terms have been assigned directly to digital time codes within testimonies where the specific topics are discussed, in much the same way that book index entries specify the page numbers where topics are covered.
The Thesaurus evolved over time and grew in volume as the testimonies were indexed. While some indexing terms have been drawn from existing controlled vocabularies, the depth of content within the collection required the creation of local indexing terms to facilitate access at a more precise level.

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The University of Southern California, through its USC Shoah Foundation, owns the intellectual property rights, including copyrights, to its Interviews, Metadata, the Visual History Archive, and the USC Shoah Foundation Thesaurus. All rights are reserved by the USC  Shoah Foundation. The Metadata is the USC Shoah Foundation’s indexing and cataloguing data. The Visual History Archive is a software tool that provides access to the Interviews and Metadata.

Any use, other than referenced above, or publication of data from the USC Shoah Foundation Thesaurus in excess of “Fair Use” as specified under 17 USC § 107 and “Fair Practice” as specified under Article 10 of the Berne Convention, requires the prior written permission from the USC Shoah Foundation.
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