University of Michigan


IPUMS at University of Minnesota
Ministère De L'enseignement Supérieur, De La Recherche Et De
Erasmus University
United Nations Population Division
Sapienza University of Rome
United Nations
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
IPUMS at University of Minnesota
Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)
National University of Singapore
Netherlands Interdisciplinary demographic Institute
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR)

IUSSP Secretariat

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Council Liaison


The Standing Committee on Demographic Terminology will continue IUSSP’s long-standing commitment to providing authoritative definitions of concepts, measures, and indicators used in population research.  The Committee will publish and maintain dictionaries, vocabularies, and other documents in formats best suited to the needs of population scientists, students, the providers of official statistics, other scientific domains, and the general public.  Whenever possible, terms will be defined in multiple languages to serve IUSSP’s global audience.  Documentation will be published in both human and machine-readable forms to respond to emerging standards, such as FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)


  • IUSSP-CODATA Working Group on FAIR Vocabularies. (2023). FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research. Zenodo.
  • Wilkinson, M. D., Dumontier, M., Aalbersberg, Ij. J., Appleton, G., Axton, M., Baak, A., Blomberg, N., Boiten, J.-W., da Silva Santos, L. B., & Bourne, P. E. (2016). The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Scientific Data, 3.

Programme of activities


Survey on multilingual demographic dictionaries

The IUSSP Standing Committee on Demographic Terminology intends to create a vocabulary of demographic terms consistent with the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), which will provide authoritative definitions of demographic terms in a form accessible by both humans and machines. A short survey was sent to popuation scientists around the world for them to share their ideas and suggestions. The deadline to respond is 30 June.  


Request for Proposals: 

Technical Support for a FAIR Vocabulary of Demography

  • Proposals should be sent by 1 June 2024.

The IUSSP seeks partners for the creation of a Multilingual FAIR Vocabulary of Demography. The new Vocabulary will provide authoritative definitions of demographic terms in a form accessible by both humans and machines consistent with emerging standards for the semantic web.

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