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Fifth Conference of the Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (AFITA - 2006)

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 12:00:00 +0100

The main theme of the Conference is "Agricultural Information Technology for Rural Development". In recent year, IT sector is growing exponentially and offers an immense potential for its synergistic effect on the growth of all sectors including agriculture. The challenge ahead is to explore the opportunities provided by the IT revolution to ensure a vibrant, responsive, sustainable and productive agriculture.

Now in Spanish: IMARK E-learning Module

Mon, 23 Jan 2006 12:00:00 +0100

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to announce on behalf of the Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) Steering Group, the release of the Spanish language version of the IMARK E-learning module "Management of Electronic Documents". This module deals with the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of electronic documents and associated images. The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) worked with FAO on the adaptation of the module into Spanish. This, and all IMARK modules, are available at no-cost either through the IMARK website or on CD-ROM upon request. Learners are encouraged to register and select a course.

Agricultural Information and Knowledge Management Papers - entire series now available

Fri, 3 Feb 2006 12:00:00 +0100

Effective information integration, retrieval, and exchange require agreed standards. Since the late nineties, GILW has been setting standards in information management in agricultural development and food security. It has been working with various departments within FAO, its member countries and other partners to develop and disseminate global standards and procedures for agricultural information management and exchange. Through its presence at various workshops and training courses, it has been promoting the adoption of standards for agricultural data exchange and retrieval through the adoption of XML and other new techniques. This is highlighted through the two internationally-recognized, namely the agricultural metadata standards initiative (AgMES) and the Agricultural Ontology Service (AOS).

GILW recently made available its publications under the series entitled "Agricultural Information and Knowledge Management Papers". The papers include implementation guides, usage documents, and concept papers bring greater coherence to the work on providing standards, norms and procedures for improving access to agricultural information. A number of the papers made available were also presented at various international conferences or published in renowned journals; highlighting the role FAO plays in the wider information management community.

Access all the papers in this series from: documents
World Agricultural Information Centre Portal: WAICENT Portal
Visit the AgMES and AOS initiatives
Visit the Corporate Document Repository

The 8th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries

Thu, 10 Nov 2005 12:00:00 +0100

ICADL2005 is the 8th in a well-established series of annual conferences on Asian Digital Libraries, and focuses on the creation, adoption, implementation and utilization of digital libraries. It provides an international forum for sharing experiences among researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers from a variety of disciplines such as computer science, library and information science, archival and museum studies, and knowledge management -- as well as many areas in the social sciences and humanities.

Printable flyers available on Metadata, Ontologies and the AGROVOC On-line thesaurus!

Wed, 9 Nov 2005 12:00:00 +0100

Flyers are now available for downloading/printing on the following key subjects: Metadata, Ontologies, and the AGROVOC on-line thesaurus. Each one explains the importance, mechanism, application, and development of these components, and their necessary role in bringing more coherence to agricultural information systems. The flyers are at present only available in English; translations will be provided in the near future.

Expert Consultation : International Information Systems for Agricultural Science and Technology

Fri, 3 Feb 2006 12:00:00 +0100

FAO, the CGIAR, GFAR and INASP, have agreed to co-organize an Expert Consultation on "International Information Systems for Agricultural Science and Technology - Review of Status and Prospects", to be held 19 - 21 October 2005 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The consultation will address two major sets of issues related to greater coherence in agricultural information: (1) improving collaboration between the stakeholders in information systems in agricultural science and technology and (2) development and adoption of common standards and methodologies for information management.

The 31st IAMSLIC Annual Conference: Information for Responsible Fisheries: Libraries as Mediators

Wed, 2 Nov 2005 12:00:00 +0100

The Conference will discuss the information required in support of responsible fisheries, a subject area which: is broad and multi-disciplinary; has depth in terms of time and perspective; encompasses various scales from local to global and; and originates in a complex mix of sources.

Automatic Term Relationship Cleaning and Refinement for AGROVOC

Wed, 2 Nov 2005 12:00:00 +0100

AGROVOC is a multilingual thesaurus developed and maintained by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Like all thesauri, it contains some explicit semantics, which allow it to be transformed into an ontology or used as a resource for ontology construction. However, most thesauri, AGROVOC included, give very broad relationships that lack the semantic precision needed in an ontology.

The Mapping Schema from Chinese Agricultural Thesaurus to AGROVOC

Wed, 2 Nov 2005 12:00:00 +0100

This paper introduces the criteria and the procedures for mapping the Chinese Agricultural Thesaurus (CAT) to FAO's multilingual agricultural thesaurus AGROVOC. It proposes modifications to the interthesaurus mapping rules provided in the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) specification.

Reengineering Thesauri for New Applications: the AGROVOC Example

Wed, 2 Nov 2005 12:00:00 +0100

Existing classification schemes and thesauri are lacking in well-defined semantics and structural consistency. Empowering end users in searching collections of ever increasing magnitudes with performance far exceeding plain free-text searching (as used in many Web search engines), and developing systems that not only find but also process information for action, requires far more powerful and complex knowledge organization systems (KOSs). The paper presents a conceptual structure and transition procedure to support the shift from a traditional KOS towards a full-fledged and semantically rich KOS. The proposed structure also complies with other interoperability approaches like RDFS and XML in the Web environment...

Proceedings of the 5th AOS Workshop Available

Mon, 17 Oct 2005 12:00:00 +0100

The Fifth AOS workshop was organized jointly by Scientech Documentation and Information Center of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SDIC/CAAS), China and the Library and Documentation Systems Division of FAO. The theme of the workshop was to create awareness among Asian countries about the current initiative of FAO in the development of semantic standards and to initiate discussion on how to ensure participation from various agricultural communities. To receive a copy, send your request to: