Glossary of Information Management in Social Sector, updated June 2024

Sosiaalialan tiedonhallinnan sanasto

© National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), 2024

The glossary is available:
- in Sote-sanastot
- in the TEPA Term Bank

Languages of the glossary:
- Terms: Finnish, Swedish
- Concept descriptions: Finnish, Swedish

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) maintains the Glossary of Information Management in Social Sector. The updated version of the glossary was published in June 2024. The glossary contains information on ca 450 concepts in Finnish and Swedish. The glossary clarifies the content of the concepts with the help of definitions and complementing notes and gives recommendations on Finnish and Swedish terms. In addition, many concept systems are illustrated with concept diagrams.

The number of concepts in the glossary is now smaller than in previous versions, because most of the concepts concerning the economic situation of social welfare clients were separated from the glossary. In addition to this change, some social services and client documents were updated.

The Glossary of Information Management in Social Sector is an important part of developing information management in the enterprise architecture for public administration. The development improves the interoperability of information systems, and sharing and use of information. One objective of the recommendations given in the glossary is to harmonize the use of social sector terms nationwide. The glossary is meant for the developers of information systems, professionals who handle client information or develop operations in social welfare, and other experts who need to know the meaning of terms in social sector. Harmonized terms also benefit citizens who apply for and use social services, and collaborating partners in social welfare.

Legislation on social welfare and THL’s specifications of information management in social sector have been the prime source material for the updates and new concepts added to the glossary.