AIMS Newsletter No.86 December 2019

2019 IN REVIEW 

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The goal of the Agricultural Information Management Standards Portal (AIMS) within the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is to raise awareness and promote knowledge about information management strategies, good practices, technologies and capacity development activities on information and data access services, particularly surrounding AGORA, AGROVOC and AGRIS. Throughout 2019, the AIMS team reached many accomplishments with AGRIS, AGROVOC, AGORA and Research4Life.  

AGRIS - Currently, AGRIS has more than 450 data providers from up to 145 countries, with more than 10 million visits per year. In 2019, 110 data providers have provided 1,300,000 records, with a total of nearly 11,000,000 records. A new AGRIS Interface, along with the Open Data Set Initiative were both launched in 2019.

AGROVOC - AIMS has supported interoperability among resources and repositories through AGROVOC, which currently has more than 28 million accesses per year. AGROVOC has 36,738 concepts, which grew from 36,013 one year ago, with 740,000 terms in now up to 35 languages, which includes five new languages this year. 

AGORA/Research4Life - Work has continued in the development of capacities for institutions in member states to access and use the AGORA programme with more than 4,000 participants attending face-to-face and online training activities, which resulted in 300 new organizations registered to Research4Life in 2019AGORA has increased its collection 25% in 2019, with a total of 105,000 online resources.

Capacity Development - FAO has established a series of partnerships and programmes to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable. These include initiatives in the higher education sector, a critical frontline in improving the development in lower income countries, and access to agricultural research through online platforms to facilitate innovation transfer and to assure the generation of new ideas, products and services.

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EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020 

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The Institute Techinformi of Georgian Technical University to Host Two-Day AGORA and AGRIS Workshop in 2020

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Institute Techinformi of Georgian Technical University are excited to partner together to reinforce the abilities of researchers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries from organizations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, The Republic of North Macedonia, The Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia through FAO tools such as AGORA and AGRIS with a two-day workshop in the summer of 2020.

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The Land Portal Foundation Helping to Build AGROVOC Community of Experts for LandVoc Scheme with Online Course and One-Day Workshop in 2020

The Agricultural Information Management Standards Portal (AIMS) team within the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will work together with The Land Portal Foundation to create a community of experts for AGROVOC’s LandVoc scheme, enriching AGROVOC’s content, relevancy and use for the land and agricultural sector with an online course, along with a one-day workshop on [DATE].

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Information Training Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) to Host Research4Life Workshop in Zimbabwe in 2020

The Agricultural Information Management Standards Portal (AIMS) team within the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, together with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) will partner Training-of-Trainer Workshop for Research4Life master trainers in Zimbabwe in 2020.

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Kasetsart University to Host AGROVOC Two-Day Regional Workshop in 2020

The Agricultural Information Management Standards Portal (AIMS) team within the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is set to partner with Kasetsart University to enhancing knowledge sharing and improve visibility and access to agricultural sciences and technical content of agricultural research worldwide through AGROVOC in Asia with a two-day regional workshop in 2020.

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The State Agrarian University of Moldova to Host Two Events Focusing on AGRIS and AGROVOC in 2020

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is enthusiastic to partner with the State Agrarian University of Moldova to continue to enhance the networks, sustainability and awareness of tools such as AGRIS and AGROVOC with two events in 2020 including the 2020 Annual AGRIS Community Meeting with stakeholders from Europe, Central Asia, Asia and the Pacific and the Third edition of the AGROVOC Editorial Community Workshop, “Measure to Strengthening AGROVOC and Assuring its Future Sustainability” in June, 2020.

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Viet Nam National University of Agriculture to Host Two-Day AGRIS Workshop in 2020

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is keen to partner with the Vietnam National University of Agriculture to continue to enhance the networks, sustainability and awareness of AGRIS with a two-day workshop in October 2020. The workshop, “Strengthening the Accessibility and Visibility of Agricultural Data through the use of Semantics – AGRIS in South Eastern Asia” will include stakeholders from Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

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