Resources for Information Management and Preservation Microthesauri

The Microthesauri is a collection of 48 sets of terminology for categorizing different aspects of human rights violations in a consistent manner. They were developed to be used in conjunction with the Events Standard Formats, a methodology for recording abuses of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. They have also informed documentation initiatives using other methodologies.

The terminologies have been translated into several languages, often by volunteers, including Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and more. You can download the original PDF editions of the Microthesauri below or access individual terminology sets that HURIDOCS has made available on Google Sheets.  

The Microthesauri were originally published in 2001. Since then, technology has grown more sophisticated and the demands of human rights work have evolved. However, the need for consistency when documenting violations remains as important as ever. 

Today, the Microthesauri are still a useful resource and can serve as a starting point for organisations to develop their own controlled vocabularies. You may find that you only need to use a portion of the terminology in order to tailor it to your documentation context. Additionally, it might also be necessary to make updates and additions in order to fit the needs of your project.

PDF editions

PDF in English
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PDF in French
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PDF in Russian
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PDF in Spanish
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Google Sheets of specific terminology sets