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Directory of IPTC-external Controlled Vocabularies

The IPTC creates and maintains a rich set of Controlled Vocabularies for categorising news and other news-media related content. You can find more about them - branded as IPTC NewsCodes - on the main IPTC website.

The IPTC is aware that Controlled Vocabularies (CV) created by other bodies are widely used for news exchange too. As the IPTC does not intend to duplicate existing work - which would result in having to maintain CVs with actually the same scope in parallel - the IPTC recommends to use these non-IPTC controlled vocabularies below.

The IPTC explicity acknowledges all Intellectual Property associated with these CVs and emphasizes that it only recommends their use but does not assert or claim any ownership or rights regarding these CVs.

ANPA 1312 Category Codes: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/anpa1312-category/)
Body owning this CV: NAA as succcessor of ANPA - www.naa.org
Description of this CV by the owner (ANPA 1312 specs, section J): The category code of the story may be any of the single alpha characters from the vocabulary.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.naa.org/topics-and-tools/miscellaneous/wire-service-transmission-guidelines.aspx

ANPA 1312 Priority Codes: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/anpa1312-priority/)
Body owning this CV: NAA as succcessor of ANPA - www.naa.org
Description of this CV by the owner (ANPA 1312 specs, section H): The priority of a transmission is designated by any of the single alpha characters from the vocabulary.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.naa.org/topics-and-tools/miscellaneous/wire-service-transmission-guidelines.aspx

ANPA 1312 Service Level Codes: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/anpa1312-servicelevel/)
Body owning this CV: NAA as succcessor of ANPA - www.naa.org
Description of this CV by the owner (ANPA 1312 specs, section B): The wire designator code will be an upper- or lowercase single alpha character that identifies the basic nature of the service.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.naa.org/topics-and-tools/miscellaneous/wire-service-transmission-guidelines.aspx

ANPA 1312 Version Codes: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/anpa1312-version/)
Body owning this CV: NAA as succcessor of ANPA - www.naa.org
Description of this CV by the owner (ANPA 1312 specs, section O): The information in this field is designed to enable newspaper systems to distinguish new leads, inserts, corrections and adds, so that the process of automatically assembling separately transmitted portions of a story is not limited to putting the latest material at the bottom of the file.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.naa.org/topics-and-tools/miscellaneous/wire-service-transmission-guidelines.aspx

CUSIP = Committee on Uniform Security Identification Procedures: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/cusip/)
Body owning this CV: Owned by the American Bankers Association, and operated by S&P Capital IQ.
Body owning the format of the codes: CUSIP Global Services (CGS) - http://www.cusip.com/cusip/index.htm
Description of this CV by the owner: the CUSIP is the National Securities Identification Number for products issued from both the United States and Canada.
Homepage for this CV:http://www.cusip.com/

ISIN = International Securities Identifying Number (based on ISO 6166): (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/isin/)
Body owning this CV: Not a single body, by the specifications of the ISIN the NSINs (National Securities Identifying Number) is assigned by a local national body for each country.
Body owning the format of the ISIN codes: ISO - International Organization for Standardization - www.iso.ch

ISO 2-letter country name codes - ISO 3166-1 alpha-2: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/iso3166-1a2/)
Body owning this CV: ISO - International Organization for Standardization - www.iso.ch
Description of this CV by the owner: Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions -- Part 1: Country codes. The short country names from ISO 3166-1 and the alpha-2 codes are made available by ISO at no charge for internal use and non-commercial purposes.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.iso.org/iso/country_codes/iso_3166_code_lists.htm

ISO 3-letter country name codes - ISO 3166-1 alpha-3: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/iso3166-1a3/)
Body owning this CV: ISO - International Organization for Standardization - www.iso.ch
Description of this CV by the owner: Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions -- Part 1: Country codes. The short country names from ISO 3166-1 and the alpha-2 codes are made available by ISO at no charge for internal use and non-commercial purposes.
Note by the IPTC: the alpha-3 codes (= 3 letter codes) are not freely available, only by the ISO documents you can buy from their shop on the ISO web site.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.iso.org/iso/country_codes

ISO Market Identifier Codes (MIC) - ISO 10383: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/iso10383-mic/)
Body owning this CV: ISO - International Organization for Standardization - www.iso.ch
Description of this CV by the owner: This International Standard (ISO 10383) specifies a universal method of identifying exchanges, trading platforms and regulated or non-regulated markets as sources of prices and related information in order to facilitate automated processing.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.iso15022.org/MIC/homepageMIC.htm

ISO currency codes - ISO 4217 - alpha codes: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/iso4217a/)
ISO currency codes - ISO 4217 - numeric codes: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/iso4217n/)
Body owning this CV
: ISO - International Organization for Standardization - www.iso.ch
Description of this CV by the owner: This International Standard specifies the structure for a three-letter alphabetic code and an equivalent three-digit numeric code for the representation of currencies and funds. For those currencies having minor units, it also shows the decimal relationship between such units and the currency itself.
Homepage for this CV: on the ISO website:
http://www.iso.org/iso/support/faqs/faqs_widely_used_standards/widely_used_standards_other/currency_codes/currency_codes_list-1.htm

SEDOL = Stock Exchange Daily Official List: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/sedol/)
Body owning this CV: The London Stock Exchange.
Description of this CV by the owner: A SEDOL is the National Securities Identification Number for products issued from both the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Homepage for this CV: http://www.londonstockexchange.com/products-and-services/reference-data/sedol-master-file/sedol-master-file.htm

TIDM = Tradable Instrument Display Mnemonics: (Scheme URI: http://cvx.iptc.org/tidm/)
Body owning this CV: The London Stock Exchange.
Description of this CV by the owner: A TIDM identifies a UK listed security, and was previously known as an EPIC = Exchange Price Information Computer (code). Reuters and Bloomberg combine a TIDM code with a suffix.
Homepage for this CV: none

Note for G2 users:

The corresponding aliases for the Scheme-URIs above are defined in the G2 Catalog file.

Terms of use:

The IPTC does not manage the Controlled Vocabularies listed above and cannot take any responsibility or make any warranty for any breaches of G2 specifications by the authorities which manage these CVs.

The IPTC cannot guarantee that the authorities managing the above Controlled Vocabularies comply with the G2 requirement for persistent URIs. The following actions would breach this requirement:
• Removing a code from a Controlled Vocabulary
• Reusing a code which was assigned to one concept for another concept in the same Controlled Vocabulary.

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