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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 21 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Ukrainian.

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 and a Linked Open Data set aligned with 13 other multilingual knowledge organization systems related to agriculture.

You may download AGROVOC or access its Web Services or SPARQL endpoint.

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

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Phase One of GACS Approved

The Steering Group of the GACS (Global Agricultural Concept Scheme) project has approved the final results of Phase One. Read the reports here
The path to GACS is in three phases:
  • Phase One: Feasibility Study has been concluded. 
  • Phase Two: Release of GACS beta
  • Phase Three: GACS 1.0
The goal of the GACS project is to create a Global Agricultural Concept Scheme as a hub for thesauri in the agricultural field, in multiple languages, for use in Linked Data
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Group of Interest

Community of Practice to discuss the developments of AGROVOC from a classical thesaurus to a concept scheme.