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Status of AGROVOC and related projects

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  • 1. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ The AGROVOC Thesaurus and Workbench Caterina Caracciolo, FAO Cusco 14 May2010
  • 2. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Outline • FAO & the AGROVOC Thesaurus • Thesaurus refinement • AGROVOC editing tool • AGROVOC community
  • 3. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ FAO & the AGROVOC Thesaurus
  • 4. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ FAO
  • 5. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ AGROVOC • A multilingual thesaurus • Some 20 languages • To standardize and organize terminology, primarily for document indexing • Coverage: all subject fields in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and related domains (e.g. environment) • By language: ca 40000 terms EN
  • 6. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ EXAMPLE Hierarchical and non-hierarchical relationship of the term "Maize"
  • 7. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ AGROVOC • Initiative of FAO and CEE (now EU), 1980s • Maintained and updated online by FAO • By language: ca 40000 terms EN • Localized versions maintained by other bodies: ministries, libraries, research institutes http://aims.fao.org/agrovoc/
  • 8. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ AGROVOC languages
  • 9. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Some figures of AGROVOC use • Average hits per day: 5400 • Average downloads per year: 1000 • Origin of online access: about 90 countries • Who: researchers, librarians, information managers
  • 10. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Applications of AGROVOC • In library setting: index items with one word (descriptors), retrieve through many (non- descriptors, related or BT/NT terms) • AGRIS • Multilinguality allows for: • coverage of local environment and issues • searches across languages
  • 11. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Applications of AGROVOC cnt’d • For data and web site organization: AgriDrupal • inclusion of AGROVOC hierarchies in content management systems • Network of users • Focal points: CONDESAN, IIT Kanpur
  • 12. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Refinement of AGROVOC The Agricultural Ontology Service Concept Server (AOS CS)
  • 13. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Refinement of semantics: the Agricultural Ontology Service Concept Server (AOS CS) • Based on AGROVOC • A pool of agricultural concepts, better defined than in a thesaurus setting • Semantics is refined and made explicit, for example the non-hierarchical relations
  • 14. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Refined semantics E.g. generic relationship of relatedness is replaced by more refined relations • In thesaurus: "pollutants" (RT) "pollution" • With refined semantics: • “pollution” (is-caused-by) “pollutants”
  • 15. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Refined semantics cnt'd MAIZE UF corn NT flint maize NT popcorn NT sweet corn MILK NT milk fat NT cow milk RT dairy cattle Fr Lait International Fund for Agricultural Development UF IFAD MAIZE synonym corn superclass-of flint maize used-to-make popcorn hybridized-into sweet corn MILK ingredient milk fat superclass-of cow milk produced-by dairy cattle has-translation Lait International Fund for Agricultural Development acronym IFAD
  • 16. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Refinement of contents • Expanding coverage by language & environment • Amazonan biodiversity – IIAP & FAO
  • 17. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Status of AGROVOC CS • Structure and content • refinement of relations -- OK • “cleaning” of root nodes – OK • Amazonan version – soon • Format • encoding as SKOS -- July • soon published as Linked data (RDF) -- July
  • 18. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ The AGROVOC editing tool The Workbench (WB)
  • 19. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ The Workbench (WB) • A web-based editing tool for the AGROVOC CS • Functionalities • collaborative editing, multilingual • editorial workflow • editing rights: from casual user to publisher • term status: proposed/validated/... • validation and consistency check • V1 release in June • http://202.73.13.50:55234/agrovocdevv10/
  • 20. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Other functionalities •Allows for inclusion of codes, e.g. – CABI, NAL, interagency 3alpha, FAO taxonomic •Search, also filtered, e.g. by • string, URI, date, relationships, ... •Import/Export in other formats • SKOS, RDBMS-SQL •Statistics/Preferences •RSS feed
  • 21. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ Home Page
  • 22. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ AGROVOC WB status of work •Release v1 first week of June •Release v2 end of 2010 • will work natively with SKOS • will include a SPARQL endpoint
  • 23. Caterina Caracciolo, FAO http://www.fao.org/aims/ AGROVOC user community •Mailing list: http://dgroups.org/fao/agrovoc • 2007, AGROVOC e-conference of users •Some regional network in place: EU and Philippins •FAO & IIAP to organize the community of users in South America

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