The FAO AIMS team is involved in different projects on information management standards and related tools and services. Some of these projects are partially funded by the European Commission. This page only lists a few of these core activities.

Ongoing projects

  • agINFRA is a European innovative Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3) project - launched November 2011 - that will introduce agricultural scientific communities to the vision of open and participatory data-intensive science.  To achieve this aim, agINFRA will design and develop a scientific data infrastructure for agricultural sciences that will facilitate the development of policies and services that promote the sharing of data among agricultural scientists in a manner that develops trust within and amongst their communities.
  • E-LIS, E-prints in Library and Information Science covers the fields of library, information science, and technology and began in 2003.  It includes journal and conference contributions, books and book chapters, theses, research reports and working papers in full text, whether published or not.  It is 54% peer-reviewed, books, theses, working papers, or conference papers.  It has 12715 documents and gets 140 per month (in 2009).  Authors self-deposit though publishers and associations can mediate deposit.  Editors in 40 countries control metadata quality.  E-LIS also offers multilingual support, statistical info (usage per document), downloads into EndNote, and other services.  E-LIS migrated from EPrints to DSpace.
  • SemaGrow is a EU funded project (Nov. 2012- Oct. 2015) on "Data Intensive Techniques to Boost the Real-Time Performance of Global Agricultural Data Infrastructures". SemaGrow focuses on big, fast updated data, largely distributed over the web. It aims at developing novel methods for querying distributed triple stores, and robust and semantically enabled indexing algorithms. Partners of the consortium are: University of Alcala (ES), National centre for scientific research "Demokritos" (GR), University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (IT), Semantic Web Company GmbH, Institute of Physics Belgrade (SL), Stichting Dienst Landbouwkunding Onderzoed (NL), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Agro-know Technologies (GR).
  • VOA3R is the research project for digital libraries and stands for: Virtual Open Access Agriculture, Aquaculture Repository: Sharing Scientific and Scholarly Research related to Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The general objective of the VOA3R project is to improve the spread of European agriculture and aquaculture research results by using an innovative approach to sharing open access research products. That will be achieved by carrying out, using  a federated approach, innovative experiments with open access on scientific agriculture and aquaculture contents, and by developing and providing services that integrate existing open access repositories and scholarly publication management systems.

Closed projects

  • D4Science-II is an European e-Infrastructure project, co-funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It constitutes a continuation of the DILIGENT and D4Science projects. D4Science-II aims to provide mechanism for facilitating interoperation of the D4Science e-Infrastructure with diverse other data e-Infrastructures that are running autonomously thus creating the core of an e-Infrastructure Ecosystem. These e-Infrastructure Ecosystems will serve a significantly expanded set of communities dealing with multidisciplinary, scientific and societal challenges.
  • NeON Project support for networked ontologies project is a 14.7 million Euros project, involving 14 European partners, and is part of the European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 2, "Information Society Technologies". The aim of NeOn is to advance the state of the art in using ontologies for large-scale semantic applications in distributed organizations; and to create the first ever service-oriented, open infrastructure, and associated methodology, to support the development life-cycle of this new generation of semantic applications with economically viable solutions.

Note that some of these projects may have as an output or deliverable, a standard, tool or service which also features in other sections of this web site. Whenever appropriate, links to the relevant pages within the AIMS web site are given.