AIMS Newsletter no.61, April 2017


(Photo credit: © FAO/ Fazil Dusunceli)


Dear Reader!

This issue is pleased to provide you with a quick update of the latest activities related to AGROVOC multilingual thesaurus hosted by FAO of the United Nations. Additionally, the current Newsletter offers some insights into several mission-related news, initiatives and events – in Information Management Sector (in Agriculture and beyond) – mainstreaming impact through shared knowledge about services and infrastructures, semantic products, recommendations, at a global level.

The semantic web is a topic of global interest. Standards such as SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organisation System) have been developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to create and maintain Knowledge Organisation Systems (KOS) over their lifecycle, to enable linking between KOS (thus opening up the world of Linked Data), and to allow publication of KOS on different media on the Web.

AGROVOC Thesaurus is available in 20 languages - expressed as a concept scheme using SKOS-XL and published and aligned to other data sets in the LOD cloud. Use SKOSMOS to browse, search and retrieve AGROVOC concepts. AGROVOC team is currently consolidating both AGROVOC international editors network (to enhance cross-communication via AGROVOC mailing list) and workflow services for editing and publishing of AGROVOC content. AGROVOC is currently receiving new terms/concepts, in particular, in Turkish, Slovakian, Russian, Moldavian and Giorgian.

AGROVOC team is pleased to announce the new AGROVOC release - April 2017Our warm thanks to all AGROVOC editors who contributed to this new release! 

Starting from April 2017, AGROVOC content is going to be updated on a monthly basis (in the first week of each month). The VocBench has been also updated. This means that AGROVOC is again available for editing! 

Last, but by no means least: special thanks to all AGROVOC users! 


@ "Everyone should know how to Grow and Harvest Food", - BK101 Knowledge Base.

@ "Enabling and managing interoperability at the data and the service level is one of the strategic key issues in networked knowledge organization systems (KOSs) and a growing issue in effective data management", - Semantic Web Company.

@ "...libraries can benefit from the data and metadata resources via the Linked Open Data universe by providing a bridge that helps connect libraries and users to these resources", - LOD-LAM KSU.


openAFRICA : the largest independent repository of open data on the African continent …

find out more

The IDEALIS : a new Open Access overlay Journal …

find out more

RUFORUM : catalyzing improvement in agricultural research and training …

find out more

Data Sharing : towards real impact in agriculture and nutrition …

find out more

Re-using Open Data ...: a new European Data Portal study report …

 find out more




If you need support in developing your data management plan, check out: EUDAT B2SHARE,

which includes a built-in license wizard that facilitates the selection of an adequate license for research data.

"Open data has to have a license that says it is open data" (Open Data Institute).

Buzzwords are actively fragmenting into different mission-related initiatives and events mainstreaming impact through shared experiences and lessons learned,  projects and programmes, services and infrastructures, implementation strategies and capitalization of good practices … and much more, at a global level.

The current trends, or rather strategic thematic areas in Information-, Knowledge-, and (Research) Data Management are inextricably tied and one shouldn't take precedence over the other.

AIMS continues to encourage Information Management communities to build solutions with open and findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) in mind from the outset.

# Check out : LICENTIA: a web site to choose the License for your data .

Be part of the new era open science and linked science!

Open-related data not only becomes an increasingly ascendant form of data sharing and distribution paradigms to present the potentials for building inclusive, open and diverse Knowledge Societies , but also is key in creating interoperability among distributed trusted information infrastructures .

# Check out : An EUDAT-based FAIR Data Approach for Data Interoperability .

Anyhow, as the entire structure of publishing is built upon respect of the author's wishes, authors/organisations/communities that do not make their work open or make it partially open - should also be respected.

# Check out : The EU is alive with the sound of copyright reform ; DALICC : Data Licenses Clearance Center.

So be invited to get the story told... :

Data Management


@  RDA 9th Plenary [#RDAplenaryBlueBRIDGE Workshop - FAIR friendly research data catalogues: How far are we?, 3 April 2017, Barcelona

@  RDA 9th Plenary [#RDAplenary]Data Management Services in the Cloud , 4 April 2017, Barcelona


@  RDA 9th Plenary [#RDAplenary]: the  Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) pre-conference meeting3-4 April, 2017 (check out: Agenda)


@ EIP-AGRI workshop Data Sharing: ensuring a fair sharing of digitisation benefits in agriculture’, 4-5 April 2017, Bratislava

RDAP17: Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017: Meeting challenges in the data world, 19-21 April , 2017, Seattle 


RDA 9th Plenary [#RDAplenary]Legal Issues In Open Research Data workshop, 4 April, Barcelona

@ The 2017 CC Global Summit: Sharing and the Commons – What’s Next?, 28-30 April, 2017, Toronto

International Open Data Roadmap 2017-2018 (OpenData4Development)

Capacity Development
Open cources
Open educational resources

RDA 9th Plenary [#RDAplenary]: Building Synergies in Capacity Development at IGAD Pre-Conference Meeting, 3-4 April, 2017, Barcelona

@ 2nd Experts Meeting on Defining Open Educational Resources (OER) Indicators for National Adoption and Impact, 4 April, Paris

@ Free Webinar: Big Data Europe Platform: What? For whom and how? (as part of [email protected] series#UNFAO), 10 April, 2017

@ Recording of the GODAN first Webinar: an overview  on GODAN Capacity Development, from 15 March, 2017

A.S.I.R.A. (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agricultureonline course  Webinars : Recordings and slides are available online

UNITAR, free and open cources: Global framework for climate services; Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) E-Course, etc.

FAO Capacity Development: Learning Materials, Learning Courses, Practical Tools, E-Learning Centre

Big Data

RDA 9th Plenary [#RDAplenary]: RDA Interest Group Big Data : Big Data Stakeholders meeting, 5 April, 2017, Barcelona

@  Southern Data Science conference (understand and interact with big data, among others), 7 April, Atlanta

IoTBDS 2017: 2nd International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security, 24 - 26 April, Portugal

Linked Data

@  RDA 9th Plenary [#RDAplenary]IGAD pre-meeting will be focused on research data management and semantics in agri-food sector, 3, 4 April 2017, Barcelona

Semantics, Analytics, Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Data Workshop; Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2017) Workshop - co-located with the 26th International World Wide Web Conference, 3, 4 April, 2017, Perth

@  SEMANTiCS 2017 Conference, Abstract registration deadline: 17 May, 2017

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT Global Congress 2017 will focus on IoT applications, IoT solutions … 27 April, 2017, London

TPDL2017: 21st International Conference on Theory & Practice of Digital Libraries. Contributions (eight categories of topics include also: E-Infrastructures : IoT with Digital Libraries) are welcomed till 7 April, 2017

BIG IoT H2020 projectBridging the Interoperability Gap of the IoTThe first Open Call will be published in April 2017 and will close two months later

@ The 11th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR’17) focuses on an emerging theme of IoT in Library and Information Science Research. Submission deadline:  15 June 2017

Speech by H.E. Xi Jinping, UN, 2017

"We should build an open and inclusive world through exchanges and mutual learning"


SKOS Play! is a free application that lets you render and visualize SKOS taxonomies in different formats (html, pdf) and different graphical representations (tree tabular, etc.). SKOS Play has for the time being a CC-BY-SA licence.

Use case: Visualize PoolParty project data with SKOS Play! in four steps

Assessing 'how useful open data is' - can vary depending on the domain and the content.

To assist this process, the European Data Portal invites you to look at the 5 Stars of linked open data and discover how this can be used to measure the technical usability of data.

In its new publication FAO and the SDGs (March, 2017), the FAO shines a light on the 21 Sustanaible Development Goals (SDGs) indicators of FAO custodianship.

The report describes how the organization can support countries track progress and make the connection between monitoring and policymaking to achieve the SDGs.

FAO-AIMS VEST/AgroPortal Map of Standards

This global map of standards - relevant to exchange of agriculture and nutrition data - is the continuation of the FAO VEST Registry under the GODAN Action umbrella.

Search/browse and contribute on the AIMS portal.

Participate in UN sustanaible cooking challenge share your vision on #Recipe4Change

Moreover, tell UN about your actions to achieve the global 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by using the hashtag #globalgoals on social networks.

View also: The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 (UNiLibrary).

The Crop Trust - an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity - has developed the Interactive Map presentig world’s genebanks and crop diversity preservation.

TAKE ACTION! To secure our food, our agriculture, forever. 

UNdata is a data access system to UN databases.

It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point. Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.

View also: UNdataExplorer


Open Data Institute (ODI) thanks to the World Bank and Partnership for Open Data for their support in the creation of these two videos:

1. What can open data do for you?

2. Open/Shared/Closed: the world of data

GODAN Documentary web series meet individuals around the world who are on the front line of how technology and data are reshaping agriculture to combat food insecurity and improve global nutrition.

The series are created with farmOS: open source web-based application for farm management, planning, and record keeping.

The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day.

Peter Thomson, the President of the UN General Assembly, urges everyone (watch video) - individuals, 
groups, organizations or governments - to register their voluntary commitments for the Ocean Conference.

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Explorer could contribute to the global climate action.

Learn in this introduction video more on how to use the NDC Explorer that such linkages to international debates as green economy, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and disaster risk management.

Watch EUDAT -Research Data Management in 2 minutes

View also: 

EUDAT: smart solutions to manage the rising tide of scientific data

EUDAT's B2Service Suite Video Tutorial

Let us know about  high-quality videos created by organizations highlighting thematic areas relevant to information management (Open Data, Open Access, Open Science, Big Data, interoperability issues, FAIR data etc.), agriculture,  forestry, fisheries and related themes (food security, land use, environment, etc.). To submit your video, please send a file transfer to [email protected]


Top 5 Semantic Technology Trends to Look for in 2017, by Milena Yankova (Ontotext, 2017)

The Recommended Practice Access and License Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015). Recommendations include a means for distribution and aggregation of metadata describing and transmiting the right to access a specific article in machine-readable form

André Hoffmann (OpenAIRE, 2017)

A Data Citation Roadmap for Scientific Publishers (Preprint at BioXiv), by H. Cousijn, A. Kenall, et al.

Metadata: the key to collaboration and a national bibliographic knowledgebase, by Neil Wilson (JISC, 2017) 

The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship, by Mark D. Wilkinson, Michel Dumontier et al. (SCIENTIFIC DATA, 2017) 

Copyright and the Use of Images as Biodiversity Data, by W.Egloff,  D. Agosti et al. (BiorXiv, 2016)

Research Output Availability on Academic Social Networks: Implications for Stakeholders in Academic Publishing, by M. Laakso, J. Lindman et al. (final version is in Academic Publishing. Electronic Markets, 2017)

Data management education from the perspective of science educators, by C.Tenopir, S. Allard et al. (in International Journal of Digital Curation, 2016)



# Items in E-LIS may be browsed by the following: Author -- Subject -- Countries -- Year -- Conference -- Conference by name

# Items in OKAD - F1000Research may be browsed by the following:  Articles -- Posters -- Slides

Register / Log in to read / download full access articles from AGORA online channel

* To receive automatically alerts about AIMS news in your mail-box :  (1) Become AIMS member (2) Sign up (3) click ‘My Page’ (4) click ‘Manage my subscriptions’ (4) check on topics of your interest.

The scope of the AIMS Newsletter is to bring under the attention of the AIMS community recent news, events and achievements in the field of agricultural information management. If you have any contribution, suggestion, or need assistance with the newsletter, please contact us at [email protected]. You received this message because you are subscribed to the AIMS Newsletter.