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LanguaL stands for 'Langua aLimentaria' or 'language of food'. It is an automated method for describing, capturing and retrieving data about food. The work on LanguaL was started in the late 1970s by the Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an ongoing cooperative effort of specialists in food technology, information science and nutrition. Since then, LanguaL has been developed in collaboration with the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), and, more recently, with its European partners, notably in France, Denmark, Switzerland and Hungary. Since 1996, the European LanguaL Technical Committee has administered the thesaurus.

This report presents the basics of the LanguaL 2000 thesaurus with an explanation of the structure as well as for each facet of the thesaurus the rules and use in indexing.

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Authors: MOLLER A, DG for Research COST Action 99;IRELAND J (EDITORS), DG for Research COST Action 99
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19542 EN, 86pp., EURO: 13.00
Availability: Available from DG-Research, Communication Unit, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussels (BE) Fax: +32-2-2958220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9163-1
Record Number: 200013097 / Last updated on: 2001-02-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en