LandVoc: The Linked Land Governance Thesaurus

LandVoc is a controlled vocabulary covering any concepts related to land governance.

LandVoc currently consists of 270 concepts and is available 4 languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) and is continuously translated into more languages.

LandVoc thesaurus content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 IGO License (CC BY 3.0 IGO).

A controlled vocabulary captures the richness of a great variety of terms, because it includes translations and synonyms. This information is consolidated in a unique ID (URI) for each concept. This is extremely beneficial to index information and retrieve content through browsing and searching.



Using a controlled vocabulary helps with search and discovery of information. LandVoc enables information providers to index content using their own words and be heard across the world.

Even if a user searches for the same concept using a different term than what was used to index (e.g. 'slums' and 'townships'), LandVoc has consolidated these synonyms or translations. Therefore, it bridges the language and culture gaps that prevent information to adequately flow in the land sector.



LandVoc can be integrated into repository systems and websites that publish any kind of information related to land governance.

You can also use it to find key phrasesrelated to land governance and their translations and explore the different ways a concept is described in different contexts. It can also be used to connect to and exchange information with other databases with other vocabularies, as LandVoc is integrated within FAO's Agrovoc.

Want to have a closer look at the LandVoc concepts or would like to install it in your own repository? Feel free to download LandVoc by using one of the links on this page: