The Land Portal Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to build and strengthen an information ecosystem for land governance that supports better informed decision and policy making at national and international levels.
The term working on AGROVOC consists of three people with a mix of organizational, technical, and domain expertise. The team maintains LandVoc, a controlled vocabulary about land governance, as a subscheme of AGROVOC which, thanks to the new multischeme capability of the VocBench platform, can be published with its own domain-specific hierarchical structure. The past year has seen the translation of LandVoc into Kiswahili and the completion of a year-long expert consultation to determine this new hierarchy.
In the coming year, the team plans to implement the independent hierarchy for LandVoc; start a review of concepts specific to particular sectors such as cities, gender, and investment; translate the concepts into more languages; align with external vocabularies such as Eurovoc; and generally launch LandVoc as an unbranded product by and for the land community. Participation in the development of AGROVOC as a general standard, they believe, gives more weight to LandVoc in the land community, thus increasing the likelihood of its uptake.
AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment etc. It is published by FAO and edited by a community of experts. 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.
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