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AGROVOC Thesaurus

AGROVOC is a multilingual, structured and controlled vocabulary designed to cover the terminology of all subject fields in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and related domains (e.g. environment).
The AGROVOC Thesaurus was developed by FAO and the Commission of the European Communities in the early 1980s. Since then it has been updated continuously by FAO and local institutions in member countries.

General information
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Tue, 2015-03-24
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Agrovoc is currently deployed into two main distributions, both in RDF: 1) Agrovoc Core - Includes Agrovoc in all languages, with no links to external vocabularies. It is an RDF dataset, available in RDF/XML and NT formats; 2) Agrovoc LOD - Includes Agrov
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Currently, AGROVOC is an SKOS-XL concept scheme and a Linked Open Data (LOD) set aligned with 13 other multilingual knowledge organization systems related to agriculture.

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"AGROVOC Linked Open Data (LOD) is a project to turn the AGROVOC thesaurus into a multilingual, terminological backbone for agricultural digital goods. Hosted by research partner MIMOS it provides web-accessible, structured data records on agricultural concepts and even more importantly, links those concepts to other online thesauri."

Terms and Conditions
AGROVOC may be accessed and used free of charge. It is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Copyright for content in FAO languages - English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese - is with FAO, while content in othe
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"National organizations and institutes are welcome to help enrich and maintain AGROVOC's many languages by joining our growing community. Please contact us at "

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"The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people."