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Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (IPSV)

The Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary is an encoding scheme for the Subject element of the current version of the e-Government Metadata Standard (e-GMS).

Using a controlled vocabulary, such as IPSV, can make it easier for people to find the information resources they want on networks and systems such as the Internet or internal document management systems. It can also be used as a tool for helping systems to share data i.e. interoperate.

Go to the esd-toolkit to see the IPSV online, or download it in a variety of formats. Try GovTalk's FAQs page for more hints, or see what people say about it on the esd-toolkit discussion forum. If you don't already have a password, it is easy to register.

The Government Category List (GCL) was the previous encoding scheme for the Subject element and has been gradually phased out. The last version of GCL (version 2.2) is available in the GovTalk archive for reference purposes.

The IPSV Board has also published some resources on the esd-toolkit website relating to the use of IPSV:

Which IPSV? A guide to the versions and formats available
Guide to Meta-tagging with the IPSV
IPSV Maintenance Guide