Copyright & Download

AGROVOC may be accessed and used free of charge. It is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY IGO 3.0).  Copyright for content in FAO languages - English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese - is with FAO, while content in other languages rests with the institutions that authored it.

AGROVOC is constantly updated (through the online editing platform VocBench), and regularly made accessible to users in various formats. The current version of AGROVOC is from July 2014. We are planning on having a new version by end of December 2014. 

Each version of AGROVOC is released in two distributions:

  1. AGROVOC Core (Thesaurus only = a dump from VocBench, with timestamp of release)  
  2. AGROVOC LOD (the entire Linked Dataset) 

You may access AGROVOC in various ways:

To get a daily update of recent changes in AGROVOC, see the RSS service of Vocbench (please use either Firefox or Explorer). No registration on the VB platform is required.

Unofficial formats

Note that these formats are not supported anymore. They have been created for various internal needs and are offered as-is.

  • SKOS RDF/XML English Only - (much smaller, good for testing in your favorite SKOS  (Mar 2012)
  • MySQL - (used for the AIMS AGROVOC search interface)  (July 2012)
  • Protege DB - (used internally by VocBench 1.3 which is built over Protégé 3)  (Mar 2012)
  • OWL - (the internal model used by VocBench 1.3)  (Feb 2011)
  • ISO2709 - (used by WebAgris and other CS-ISIS sytems)  (Feb 2011)