How to Create a Scalable Controlled Vocabulary - Allowing for Additions

The scalability of a vocabulary is an important aspect. The vocabulary should not be limited by the initial terms in the list. To avoid this, you need to examine the terms and think about the general class of things that all the terms are describing. Don’t think about an individual term (or an individual car, to extend the vehicle example). Rather, think about the general class of things. Now, attempt to define attributes of the general class. This may not be an easy process. However, if you are successful your vocabulary will be scalable. This process is also an excellent step towards the development of an ontology.

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Suggested Citation

Isenor, A. 2009. "How to Create a Scalable Controlled Vocabulary - Allowing for Additions." In The MMI Guides: Navigating the World of Marine Metadata. http://marinemetadata.org/guides/vocabs/cvdev/cvdevnew/cvdevnewscalable. Accessed December 6, 2019.