Metadata thesaurus contains terms and expressions required in describing materials. The thesaurus is also suitable for selecting headings displayed in user interfaces.


The thesaurus has been organised according to entity-relationship structure of RDA text and FRBR concept model.

The use of the terms in the thesaurus standardises the vocabulary of descriptive metadata and simultaneously harmonises description in order to promote productiveness.The aim of the thesaurus is also to make it easier to produce metadata by collecting vocabulary and expressions needed in description as well as to clarify concepts related to them.

User interface

Finto/Metadata thesaurus

Data downloads
RDF serializations: Turtle and RDF/XML
Linked Data, Finto REST API

Content type
Controlled vocabulary (thesaurus)
Data status
Primary source

Ca 1 600 concepts

Update frequency

Linked to ISBD and RDA terms

External information

Metadata thesaurus description on National Library of Finland web site

BARTOC description

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