Archive for the ‘AGROVOC’ Category

Integrating controlled vocabularies… (webinar)

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Integrating controlled vocabularies in information management systems : the new ontology plug-in”, 4th July

From the post:

The Webinar will introduce the new ontology plug-in developed in the context of the AIMS Community, how it works and the usage possibilities. It was created within the context of AgriOcean DSpace, however it is an independent plug-in and can be used in any other applications and information management systems.

The ontology plug-in searches multiple thesauri and ontologies simultaneously by using a web service broker (e.g. AGROVOC, ASFA, Plant Ontology, NERC-C19 ontology, and OceanExpert). It delivers as output a list of selected concepts, where each concept has a URI (or unique ID), a preferred label with optional language definition and the ontology from which the concepts has been selected. The application uses JAVA, Javascript and JQuery. As it is open software, developers are invited to reuse, enrich and enhance the existing source code.

We invite the participants of the webinar to give their view how thesauri and ontologies can be used in repositories and other types of information management systems and how the ontology plug-in can be further developed.


4th of July 2013 – 16:00 Rome Time (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference between your location and Rome , Italy)

On my must watch list.



Imagine adapting the plugin to search for URIs in <a> elements and searching a database for the subjects they identify.

AGROVOC 2013 edition released

Monday, February 11th, 2013

AGROVOC 2013 edition released

From the post:

The AGROVOC Team is pleased to announce the release of the AGROVOC 2013 edition.

The updated version contains 32,188 concepts in up to 22 languages, resulting in a total of 626,211 terms (in 2012: 32,061 concepts, 625,096 terms).

Please explore AGROVOC by searching terms, or browsing hierarchies.

AGROVOC 2013 is available for download, and accessible via web services.

From the “about” page:

The AGROVOC thesaurus contains 32,188 concepts in up to 22 languages covering topics related to food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment and other related domains.

A global community of editors consisting of librarians, terminologists, information managers and software developers, maintain AGROVOC using VocBench, an open-source multilingual, web-based vocabulary editor and workflow management tool that allows simultaneous, distributed editing. AGROVOC is expressed in Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and published as Linked Data.

Need some seeds for your topic map in “…food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment and other related domains”?

Linking your resources to the Data Web

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

First LOD@AIMS Webinar with Tom Baker on “Linking your resources to the Data Web”

4th December 2012 – 16:00 Rome Time

From the post:

The AIMS Metadata Community of Practice is glad to announce the first Linked Open Data @ AIMS webinar entitled Linking your resources to the Data Web. The session will take place on 4th December 2012 – 16:00 Rome Time – and will be presented by Tom Baker, chief information officer (CIO) of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI).

This event is part of the series of webinars Linked Open Data @ AIMS that will take place from December 2012 to February 2013. A total of 6 specialists will talk about Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web to the agricultural information management community. The webinars will be in the 6 languages used on AIMS – English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

The objective of Linked Open Data @ AIMS webinars is to help individuals and organizations to understand better the initiatives related to the Semantic Web that are currently taking place within the AIMS Communities of Practice.

Linking data into the Semantic Web means more than just making data available on a Web server. It means using Web addresses (URIs) in data as names for things; tagging resources using those URIs – for example, URIs for agricultural topics from AGROVOC; and using URIs to point to related resources.

This talk walks through a simple example to show how linking works in practice, illustrating RDF technology with animated graphics. It concludes with a recipe for linking your data: Decide what bits of your data are most important, such as Subject, Author, and Publisher. Use URIs in your data, whenever possible, such as Subject terms from AGROVOC. Then publish your data in RDF on the Web where others can link to it. Simple solutions can be enough to yield good results.

Tom Baker of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative will be an excellent speaker but when I saw:

Tom Baker on “Linking your resources to the Data Web”

my first thoughts were of another Tom Baker and wondering how he had gotten involved with Linked Data. 😉

In the body of the announcement, a URL identifies the “Tom Baker” in the text as another “Tom Baker” than the one I was thinking about.

Interesting. It didn’t take Linked Data or RDF to make the distinction, only the <a> element plus an href attribute. Something to think about.

FAO thesaurus links with reegle

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

FAO thesaurus links with reegle

From the post:

AGROVOC, the online corporate thesaurus of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) is now linked with the reegle thesaurus. This FAO resource is currently available in up to 22 languages, and contains an average of 40,000 terms in each. When searching for clean energy or climate related terms, AGROVOC users will now also be able to receive concept descriptions and information on related terms drawn from the reegle thesaurus.

“This is a great example of Linked Open Data in action,” says Florian Bauer, REEEP’s Operations & IT Director. “Users of the FAO resource now have access to the rich content streams from our own thesaurus, and in the near future, the reegle thesaurus will also draw in information from AGROVOC. It’s a win-win situation.”

AGROVOC covers a range of FAO-relevant topics related to food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment and other sectors. It is maintained by a global community of editors consisting of librarians, terminologists, information managers and software developers.

An average of 40,000 terms in 22 languages sounds like a fair sized thesaurus.

Curious that the Reegle glossary doesn’t have an entry for “fracking.” It is a “hot” clean energy issue in the United States and perhaps elsewhere.