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  • Different coding systems Data exchange using agreed XML schemas and DTDs in a one-to-one basis --- but not generic enough Some legacy systems use country/region keywords to classify documents Historical changes are only managed in statistical systems for starting and end dates but no relationship is stablished with former territories

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  • 1. Geopolitical Ontology Marta Iglesias Sucasas FAO 8 th AOS Workshop Session I: Ontology/Metadata Applications
  • 2. Presentation roadmap
    • Background
    • Requirements for managing geopolitical data
    • Ontology implementation
    • Use case
  • 3. Background
    • The FAO Country Profiles (2002-2004)
      • www.fao.org/countryprofiles
  • 4. Requirements – FAO systems
    • Interoperability: systems exchange and share data
    • Maintenance: names, codes, relationships
    • Dynamics: manage historical changes
  • 5. Requirements – information types
    • Territories:
      • Self-governing:
        • countries, nations, states
      • Non-self-governing
        • Gibraltar, Greenland
      • Disputed
      • Other
    • Groups:
      • geographic:
        • Europe, Asia, Oceania
      • economic:
        • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
      • organizations
        • FAO, WHO
      • special groups:
        • Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDC)
  • 6. Requirements – data
    • Names
      • official and short names:
        • Arabic,
        • Chinese,
        • English,
        • French,
        • Spanish,
        • other....
    • Codes
      • UN code – M49
      • ISO-3166 Alpha-2 and Alpha-3
      • UNDP code
      • GAUL code
      • FAOSTAT
      • AGROVOC
    • Coordinates
      • Max, Min Latitude
      • Max, Min Longitude
  • 7. Requirements – dynamics
    • To track historical changes
    West Germany East Germany Germany From 1990 to present Czech Republic Slovakia Czechoslovakia From 1993 to present
  • 8. Requirements - neighboring territories
    • To compare data on certain subjects
      • India neighboring countries: Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan
  • 9. Implementation
    • The Geopolitical ontology:
      • HTML generated browsable version
  • 10. Use Case description
    • Geopolitical ontology
    • FAO Country profiles
      • Value-added by providing access to neighboring or groups information
  • 11.  
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  • 13. Credits
    • FAO participants in various aspects of this project:
      • Bruno Altobelli, Caterina Caracciolo, Ingrid Alldrit, Johannes Keizer, Marta Iglesias Sucasas, Soonho Kim, Virginie Viollier.
    • With the cooperation of:
      • GDAAS
  • 14. Thanks for your attention
    • More information:
      • www.fao.org /aims/
      • www.fao.org/countryprofiles/