Earth Science Informatics

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 525–544 | Cite as

LusTRE: a framework of linked environmental thesauri for metadata management

  • Riccardo Albertoni
  • Monica De MartinoEmail author
  • Paola Podestà
  • Andreas Abecker
  • Roman Wössner
  • Karsten Schnitter
Research Article


The paper illustrates a Linked Thesaurus Framework for the Environment, named LusTRE, to facilitate data sharing across different environmental disciplines. It provides a knowledge infrastructure of multilingual thesauri and code lists, interlinking them so that they can be used as one integrated linked data source. This multilingual thesaurus is published according to the Linked Data Best Practices and supports metadata compilation and data discovery for describing and finding Environmental geodata. A human readable web interface is provided for the exploitation of LusTRE as well as a set of web services for programmatic access to the knowledge infrastructure. LusTRE has been exploited within the European directive INSPIRE and SEIS piloting testbeds implemented within the EU project eENVplus in order to support cross-border and cross-domain data sharing. It is aimed at supporting multilingual data search and query refinement. In order to show how interlinked content can help users to more easily express metadata within Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), LusTRE web services have been integrated within existing metadata editors and geoportals.


SKOS Thesaurus Linked data Web service Metadata management INSPIRE 



This work has been supported by the European Commission through the project eENVplus (grant no. CIP-ICT-PSP 325232,


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Applied Mathematics and Information TechnologiesNational Research Council (CNR-IMATI)GenoaItaly
  2. 2.Disy Informationssysteme GmbHKarlsruheGermany

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