The Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute, which serves as the partner in Iran of FAO's Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), is expanding the coverage of AGROVOC in Farsi language, especially in the area of fisheries. AGROVOC is used extensively by research scientists as a source of Farsi equivalents to concepts found in the English-language literature. The work on AGROVOC is being done primarily by one scientist who, due to Internet bandwidth limitations, finds it more efficient to submit batch edits in the form of a spreadsheet. The institute plans to promote the use of AGROVOC among agricultural organizations and specialists over the coming year.
AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. It is widely used in specialized libraries as well as digital libraries and repositories to index content and for the purpose of text mining. It is also used as a specialized tagging resource for content organization by FAO and third-party stakeholders. AGROVOC is published monthly with the aim to improve the quality of the services for the agricultural community, AGROVOC is now engaging with expert communities that are contributing and benefiting of the AGROVOC services.