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A standard framework for describing the functions of government (AGIFT)

The Australian Governments' Interactive Functions Thesaurus (AGIFT) is a three-level hierarchical thesaurus that describes the business functions carried out across Commonwealth, state and local governments in Australia.

Purpose of AGIFT

AGIFT contributes to the discovery of government information and services online by:

  • providing standard terms for government agencies to use in the 'Function' element of the AGLS metadata element set
  • helping users to search government entry points when they are not sure which terms to use or which level of government has responsibility for the information or service they require
  • providing a framework for government agencies to develop a more detailed agency-based functional thesaurus for their own classification needs.

It contains 26 high-level functions, each with second and third level terms, as well as non-preferred terms and related terms. Terms can be searched by function, alphabetically and via full-text searching.

Structure of AGIFT

In the thesaurus you will find:

  • Function - the broadest unit of business performed by Australian Governments' Interactive Functions Thesaurus
  • Level 2 - major tasks or areas of service undertaken within each function
  • Level 3 - topics being addressed within function/activities

For each term, the thesaurus shows:

  • Scope Notes - notes that provide guidance on the use of a term
  • Broader Terms - terms at a higher level
  • Narrower Terms - terms at a lower level
  • Related Terms - terms at the same level
  • Use - approved terms used to identify and save documents
  • Non-preferred Term - other terms, not to be used to identify and save documents
Terms and relationship in AGIFT

AGIFT uses the following standards to establish terms and relationships:

  • ISO 25964-1:2011: Information and documentation -- Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies -- Part 1: Thesauri for information retrieval
  • ANSI/NISO Z39-2005: Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Thesauri.
Copyright and acknowledgement

© Commonwealth of Australia

The Commonwealth, as represented by the National Archives of Australia owns all intellectual property rights in AGIFT.

With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the National Archives of Australia logo and any material protected by a trade mark, AGIFT is provided free of charge under a creative commons attribution 4.0 cc by-nc-nd international licence

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0

If you share AGIFT then you must attribute it to the ‘National Archives of Australia’ and refer to it as ‘Australian Governments’ Interactive Functions Thesaurus, 3rd edition, June 2015’ link it to this website and share it on the same terms as this licence.

For inquiries relating to the use or attribution of AGIFT please contact copyright@naa.gov.au.

This publication should be cited as: National Archives of Australia, Australian Governments’ Interactive Functions Thesaurus, 3rd edition, June 2015.

If you have any suggestions for new terms or comments on AGIFT please contact the Agency Service Centre.