The use of widely-used metadata standards is essential to guarantee the visibility and retrieval of documents stored in open repositories. Attention should be paid to the creation and exchange of meaningful metadata to enhance interoperability amongst repositories and provide value added services. Since 2005 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides the agricultural information management com-munity with standards, services and tools to assist open reposito-ries in benefiting from the advantages offered by Semantic Web publishing. This paper presents the work that FAO carries out in recommending standards for the encoding and exchange of metadata while also reviewing techniques to help navigate within open repositories and services. It talks about how to improve the visibility of repository content and explains the benefits of inte-grating subject vocabulary tools expressed in SKOS. It concludes with a presentation of use cases integrating these recommenda-tions into DSpace and Drupal customizations.
Subirats-Coll, Imma and Malapela, Thembani and Dister, Sarah and Zeng, Marcia and Goovaerts, Marc and Pesce, Valeria and Jaques, Yves and Anibaldi, Stefano and Keizer, Johannes Reorienting open repositories to the challenges of the Semantic Web: Experiences from FAO’s contribution to the resource processing and discovery cycle in repositories in the agricultural domain., 2012 . In 6th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2012), Cádiz, Spain, 28-30 November 2012. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]