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Meet the Teams: FAO-OEKC

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Country: Italy

Team Leader: Fabrizio Celli

Team Members: Yves Jaques, Johannes Keizer, Stefano Anibaldi

“The team is affiliated to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. We are working on the AGRIS dataset (http://agris.fao.org/). AGRIS is one of the most important world-wide bibliographic data repositories in the agricultural domain with more than 3.7 million of XML records. Although the number of records in AGRIS with URLs has exponentially increased in the last 5 years, it is still only 3% of the entire collection. Records are manually created by cataloguers, who often do not know whether a resource has a link to the full text. In addition, records are isolated, without relationships or connections to other bibliographic records or sources of information.

In order to enrich the content of the AGRIS repository, since 2011 the AGRIS team works to connect the existing dataset to other information resources on the web (Figure 1) like:

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
FAO Geopolitical Ontology
AGRIS serials dataset
Global capture production – FAO Fishery Statistical Collections
World Bank

AGROVOC (http://aims.fao.org/standards/agrovoc/linked-open-data) is used as the backbone for interlinking content, and the methodology applied is based on the Linked Data principles, a way to publish structured data and interlink with other existing datasets, in a machine readable way.

As a result, OpenAGRIS acts as a web application to aggregate information from different Web sources with more than 100 million triples. Currently OpenAGRIS is a beta version, work interlinking to other datasets to expand the AGRIS repository is ongoing.”


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