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AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment etc. It is published by FAO and edited by a community of experts.

AGROVOC consists of over 32,000 concepts available in up to 20 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Thai, Turkish.

AGROVOC is used by researchers, librarians and information managers for indexing, retrieving and organizing data in agricultural information systems and web pages. Currently, AGROVOC is an SKOS-XL concept scheme, a Linked Open Data set aligned with 13 other multilingual knowledge organization systems related to agriculture. You may download AGROVOC, access its Web Services or SPARQL endpoint.

AGROVOC is edited through VocBench (VB), an open-source, web-based collaborative editing tool for multilingual thesauri and RDF-SKOS resources.

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AIMS July Newsletter now available

The AIMS July Newsletter  is now online, highlighting the activities of the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group (WDI) within the framework of the Research Data Alliance (RDA). The WDI's goal is to provide a common, open standard framework for describing, representing,linking, and publishing wheat data.

This newsletter reviews the case for establishing the Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines, which will promote and sustain wheat data sharing, reusability, and interoperability. Furthermore, presents the results of a survey conducted from the 7th of April to the 3rd of June 2014 which sought to identify the existing data management practices within the wheat community.

To gain further insight on WDI, AIMS interviewed Esther DZALE YEUMO KABORE, one of the co-chairs of the working group who summarizes the current activities of the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group.

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