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CONCEPT

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French Equivalent: Concepts

Definition:
A concept is a unit of knowledge created by a unique combination of characteristics [ISO 1087-1:2000, 3.2.1].

Context:
Concepts are abstract summaries, general notions, knowledge, etc., of a whole set of behaviours, attitudes or characteristics which are seen as having something in common. Concepts are used to assist in presenting/conveying precise meaning, categorising, interpreting, structuring and making sense of phenomena (such as classifications) ("United Nations Glossary of Classification Terms" prepared by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications, unpublished on paper, available at: website (below).

A semantic link among two or more concepts is a concept relationship.

A description of the type of relationship among two or more concepts is a concept relationship type description. (ISO/IEC International Standard 11179-3 "Information technology-Metadata registries (MDR)-Part 3: Registry metamodel and basic attributes", February 2003).

Source Publication:
ISO/IEC FDIS 11179-1 "Information technology - Metadata registries - Part 1: Framework", March 2004.

Cross References:
Characteristic
Compiling agency
Conceptual data model
Data element concept
Definition
Definition, structural
Dimension
ISO / IEC 11179
Key family
Metadata structure definition
Ontology
Statistical concept
Structural definition
Subject field

Hyperlink:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/family/glossary_short.asp

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, April 15, 2013