AIMS Newsletter No. 88 February 2020


The Linked Data Concept Hub for Food and Agriculture

AGROVOC is leveraging semantic technologies and linked open data to support the FAIR principles


Since the early 1980's, FAO has supported the standardization and enhancement of discoverability of food and agricultural data to enrich the knowledge sharing, visibility of and access through the publication of AGROVOC, a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of FAO. 

Read more about how AGROVOC is utilized as a multi-scheme hub, AGROVOC as a multi-hierarchy vocabulary, the benefits of using AGROVOC and what to expect in the future.




Learn More About AGROVOC:

Strengthening  engagement of international, regional and national organizations in scaling up access to and dissemination of agricultural data

AGROVOC is the largest Linked Open Data set about agriculture available for public use. Since 2019, AGROVOC is expanding its coverage through the collaboration with communities of experts to include specialized domains who can benefit from the AGROVOC infrastructureAGROVOC has partnerships with more than 20 stakeholders, has up to 50 million accesses each year and is available in 38 languages.



GACS Core is not currently being updated and will not be actively maintained in the future

A meeting held on 5-6 November 2019 at FAO in Rome assessed the current status and future prospects for the Global Agricultural Concept Space (GACS)  -- a Linked Open Data concept scheme created by mapping frequently-used concepts at the intersection of three major agricultural thesauri: the AGROVOC Thesaurus, the CAB Thesaurus (CABT), and NAL Thesaurus (NALT). 




How to access AGROVOC

AGROVOC content is accessible both to humans and in machine-readable format. It can be searched manually for concepts or terms, browsed by hierarchy, downloaded as an RDF dataset, accessed via web services or searched through SPARQL queries, using a public SPARQL endpoint. If interested in accessing this controlled vocabulary, covering all areas of interest of FAO, follow the links below for more information.

SearchReleasesData AccessFAQ



Interview with Enrico Bonaiuti from ICARDA 

Learn more about Enrico Bonaiuti, a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) specialist at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), a CGIAR Center, and how his organization engages with AGROVOC. ICARDA is part of the AGROVOC Editorial Community. 




How stakeholders utilize AGROVOC as a source and reference for existing vocabularies

Hear from Esther Mietzsch from The Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in Landwirtschaft eV (KTBL), an AGROVOC stakeholder, about how her organization utilizes AGROVOC as a source and reference for existing glossaries and vocabularies and what to look forward to in 2020.





Digital Innovation Dialogue: Farmer Digital Identity and Data Ownership set for March 2

The 8th session focusing on Farmer Digital Identity and Data Ownership is set to take place on March 2 from 14:30-16:00 CET. This is the  first Digital Innovation Dialogue in 2020. This Dialogue covers two important topics: (i) Farmer Digital Identity and (ii) Farmers' Data ownership, with a particular focus on smallholder farmers.





Join the new Agricultural Information Management Standards LinkedIn Group

The goal of the new LinkedIn group is to create a virtual meeting room and forum where professionals in the food and agricultural industry can post relevant content. The group is also important to facilitate conversations around digital data for innovation and resources available to support promoting accessibility of digital data and research, breaking barriers, linking and opening data and facilitating innovation transfer, assuring the generation of new ideas in food and agriculture. 



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