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Terminology plays an important role not only for communication among experts, but also for searching and finding relevant resources, e.g. scientific publications, data sets, projects or researchers.

Specialized terminology is used to describe such resources and their contents, topics or research areas - and thus becomes part of their metadata.

Specialized terminology should therefore be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable - in other words, it should follow the FAIR principles for persistent reference and unambiguous use.


Modern terminologies are developed following standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) so that digital services can process and interprete them. The spectrum ranges from lightweight controlled vocabularies to logically formalized ontologies.
These standards include e.g.

Terminology Services

Questions about termonologies

Do you have questions about using FAIR terminologies in research data management or about creating FAIR terminologies?

We recommend the following resources to get you started:

Terminology development in FID BAUdigital

FID BAUdigital develops terminology in the fields of civil engineering, architecture and urbanism with a focus on digital methods, models them according to the SKOS standard and publishes them as FAIR digital resources for

  • reuse in the services of FID BAUdigital,
  • reuse by other services (e.g. NFDI consortia such as NFDI4Ing),
  • reuse by researchers specializing in digital methods in civil engineering, architecture and urbanism.

FID BAUdigital has published the following terminologies on GitLab.com so far:

Subject-specific terminologies in TIB Terminology Service

TIB Terminology Service is a web service that provides access to terms from general and domain-specific controlled vocabularies and ontologies. FID BAUdigital provides a selection of domain-specific terminologies.

Explore TIB Terminology Service


Feel free to leave suggestions, proposals and questions in the respective issue tracker of our GitLab-Repositories or address them to info@fid-bau.de. Alternatively, you can also use our contact form.