Facts in English

What is Humord?

Humord is the name of a Norwegian thesaurus for the subject areas humanities and social sciences. Humord is also the name of a joint indexing activity within the library system BIBSYS.

Participants are the university libraries of Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø, the library of The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Norway, The International Ibsen Bibliography and The Norwegian Nobel Institute

Facts about the thesaurus

Subject coverage

The thesaurus is based upon the literary warrant in the participating libraries and covers the humanities and social sciences with associated disciplines.

The thesaurus project (1993-1994)

Participants: The university libraries in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø and Riksbibliotektjenesten (RBT)

Project management: Norsk termbank, The University of Bergen

  • The thesaurus Humord with approx. 11.800 terms (indexing terms with synonyms) 
  • Local guidelines 
  • A set of indexing rules

Thesaurus structure

The thesaurus is based upon guidelines in ISO 2788 (1986). The structure is basically hierarchical with som use of facets.


By 2018 Humord contains approx. 35.000 terms (17.000 synonyms included). The indexing terms are single concepts for post-coordination. At the moment (2018) we have started to include English terms.

There are four types of indexing terms:

  • Topical terms
  • Chronological terms
  • Geographic names
  • Genre/Form for describing the bibliographical or physical form

Proper names:

  • Included: Geographical names, names of periods and historical events, names of characters form literature, mythology and religion
  • Not included: Personal names and names of institutions. Such names are registered and standardized in specific fields in the Marc 21 format.

Contact person:

Berit Sonja Hougaard (Humord coordinator)
Library of Humanities and Social Sciences
P.O. Box 1009 Blindern, N-0315 Oslo, Norway
Telephone: +47 22 85 51 02

Publisert 27. nov. 2018 13:26 - Sist endret 11. des. 2018 13:53