Geoscience Thesaurus (GeMPeT)

GeMPeT provides geoscience professionals with a standardised terminology with which to index information assets such as reports, maps and digital datasets.

Access GeMPeT Thesaurus

Why do we need GeMPeT?

The need for standardised geoscience taxonomy (or metadata) is more important than ever. Due to the expansion of online information delivery, using an index to identify and organise information effectively is necessary.

GeMPeT is designed to provide geoscience organisations with a ready-made taxonomy.

Types of relationships

GeMPeT has three types of relationships applied to each term:

  • hierarchical relationships, linking terms to other terms expressing more general, broader and more specific (narrower) concepts
  • associative relationships, which link terms to similar terms (related terms) where the relationship between the terms is non-hierarchical
  • equivalence relationships, which link ‘non-preferred’ terms to synonyms or quasi-synonyms which act as ‘preferred’ terms. Non-preferred terms are listed in italics.

GeMPeT does not include geographic, species, product or registered trade names. A selection of mineral names is included; however, the list is not exhaustive. Organisations using GeMPeT should include additional names of this type as necessary.

Updating GeMPeT

The updating of GeMPeT is an ongoing process that requires time and resources.

If you would like to submit a term that is not currently included in GeMPeT, please email the term, a brief definition of the term and justification for its inclusion.