AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology providing access to bibliographic information on agricultural science and technology.

AGRIS started in 1974 by the Food and Agriculture Organization  (FAO) of  the United Nations, to serve users from both developed and developing countries, to enable access to available knowledge in agriculture, science and technology.

As a global public multilingual bibliographic database for agricultural science and technology, AGRIS collects and uses agricultural bibliographic data enabling you to retrieve a wealth of research and technical information resources on agriculture worldwide.

AGRIS facilitates access to publications, journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and grey literature - including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers.  While AGRIS is predominantly a bibliographic database, it also provides full text links to about 2 million of its records.

Currently, AGRIS  is an international collaboration and partnership of a network of more than 400 data providers from up to 145 countries.  

It is possible to contribute to AGRIS as institutional repository, a journal or as an aggregator. The content should fall under the main areas of work of the FAO of the UN. 

The AGROVOC multilingual thesaurus of the FAO of the UN covers all areas of interest of the FAO of the UN including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment and other related topics.

*** AGRIS does not accept individual author contributions ***

To register to AGRIS, contact After the registration you wil receive your AGRIS provider ID. 

The minimum requirements for AGRIS metadata are specified in the FAO Meaningful Bibliographic Metadata (M2B) recommendations

Since AGRIS records are indexed with AGROVOC multilingual thesaurus, please take a look at the LODE-BD encoding strategies for producing meaningful Linked Open Data (LOD)-enabled bibliographical data (3.5. Subject Information) for the explanation on how to model and control metadata properties/values according to Linked (Open) Data design options. 

How to submit data to AGRIS:

* AGRIS receives metadata in various formats, the minimum elements being in AGRIS Application Profile (AP) XML format or better. The most common formats are: Crossref, DOAJ, Endnote, MARC21, MODS, Simple DC, and PubMed.

Any format is accepted and validated if it includes meaningful metadata using standardized properties, which will be mapped and validated towards AGRIS AP, internal format used by AGRIS.

* In case that you need to create metadata from scratch, it is recommended to use your reference management software to export your data in XML format. There are also reference management software applications that can be downloaded for free, like for example Mendeley or Zotero.

>> How to submit data to AGRIS. Instructions to data providers

It is recommended to send the XML files with the metadata of your resources/data collections directly to

AGRIS : click on For Contributors TAB:

Metadata received from Data Provider are manually checked to look for inconsistencies or recurring semantic errors, and to be sure that their content is relevant to AGRIS. Thereafter, the input metadata format is mapped to AGRIS AP, the AGRIS pre-processing metadata format, which allows to accept input data in any format. It is also the entry point for metadata enrichment and RDF-ization. During the RDF-ization process, free keywords are converted to AGROVOC URIs used to index AGRIS records. AGROVOC is published as Linked Open Data set in a SKOS version and used as backbone to link AGRIS records and external resources

The mapping from the input metadata model to AGRIS AP is encoded in a software component responsible for Metadata cleaning (e.g. normalize dates, remove HTML elements, etc.). 

For more information about AGRIS: 

AGRIS: Providing Access to Bibliographic Information on Agricultural Science and Technology, by Subirats I., COAR 2018 Annual Meeting and General Assembly, Hamburg (Germany)
AGRIS: providing access to agricultural research data exploiting open data on the web, by Celli F, et al. , F1000Research 2015, 4:110
AGRIS: From a Bibliographic Database to a Semantic Data Service on Agricultural Research Information, by Fogarolli, Keizer, Anibaldi, Brickley, 2010, 13th IAALD World Congress