The European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST) is a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences. It is currently available in 13 languages: Danish, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.
ELSST was originally developed in 2000 as part of the EU-funded LIMBER project. It has been further enhanced and extended through subsequent EU grants (such as MADIERA) and through additional funding from the ESRC and the University of Essex. It is currently funded by the EU as part of the CESSDA Metadata Office project.
ELSST will be used for data discovery within CESSDA and will thus facilitate access to data resources across Europe, independent of domain, resource, language or vocabulary.
The thesaurus covers the core social science disciplines: politics, sociology, economics, education, law, crime, demography, health, employment, information and communication technology and, increasingly, environmental science.
ELSST was originally based on the monolingual thesaurus, Humanities and Social Science Electronic Thesaurus (HASSET), of the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex. The thesauri remain closely related. Shared concepts are marked as 'core', and have the same Preferred Term labels and Broader Terms in each thesaurus.