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Curtin Common Vocabulary

Curtin Common Vocabulary

The Curtin Common Vocabulary provides consistent terminology for organising and describing information at Curtin to ensure that it is easy to store and retrieve. It can be used to title both electronic and paper files, as well as organise some of Curtin's online information such as policies. The top and second level terms in the common vocabulary were endorsed by the Planning and Management Committee on 26 August 2008 after an extensive stakeholder consultation process, and have been approved by the Vice-Chancellor. Areas can create their own levels beyond the first and second. For details regarding the Curtin Common Vocabulary please contact Records & Information Management.

It is important to note that this vocabulary is purely based on subjects or topics and not Curtin's organisational structure. Scope notes have been provided for each term to provide guidance on how the term should be interpreted and used. Information that concerns all aspects of a top term (such as information regarding a high level Committee, Policy or Plan) can be classified using the relevant top level term rather than a more specific second level term. See our "{ more }" page for further details on this feature. Closely related terms have been identified throughout the vocabulary to help you easily navigate to relevant terminology. Some terms appear in more than one place in the structure. These are not duplicate terms, but rather different ways of reaching the same term.

To start browsing the Curtin Common Vocabulary, click on one of the twelve top level terms in the left hand menu. The Curtin Common Vocabulary At a Glance document may be of use if you would like a one page summary of the Curtin Common Vocabulary structure.

Another resource available to staff as they create levels beyond the first two is the University Classification Scheme (UCS) that pre-dates the Curtin Common Vocabulary. (Contact RIM@curtin.edu.au if your require the UCS)

If you have any feedback or would like assistance interpreting or applying the Curtin Common Vocabulary, please contact us.