AGRIS in 2020

AGRIS increased the collection to more than 12 million records from 450 data providers from 150 countries, and the number of visits reached 25% more than 2019.

The new website has also become a key element for the promotion and accessibility of AGROVOC at


FAO. 2020. AGRIS, the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology. Rome

AGRIS has evolved to become an acknowledged information resource worldwide by moving from paper to digital, and from a centralized model to a distributed network. This guide aims to update the AGRIS community about the latest technical developments, recommended standards and various ways to engage with AGRIS. Also available in Romanian.

Subirats, I. and Zeng, M.L. 2020. Linked Open Data Enabled Bibliographical Data (LODE-BD) 3.0 – A practical guide on how to select appropriate encoding strategies for producing Linked Open Data Enabled Bibliographical Data. Rome, FAO. 

This practical guide is the latest version of the LODE-BD which was initially issued in 2011 and updated in 2015 (LODE-BD 2.0) with major changes, including a crosswalk of metadata terms used in LODE-BD and (see Table 4 and Appendix). In this new version, authors have included metadata describing research data resources, based on the experience of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) International System for Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS) pilot project which integrates research datasets metadata from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and guidance from Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT)-Version 2, a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation released in February 2020.

FAO. 2020. Scientific information and digital data on food and agriculture made available, accessible and applicable worldwide. Rome.

This brochure presents a series of knowledge platforms which make data and information on food and agriculture available, accessible and usable worldwide. This work contributes to the five priorities of FAO to achieve a world without hunger, malnutrition and poverty in a sustainable manner, with a focus on the exchange of knowledge, information and data as a key step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also available in French and Spanish.