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The AGROVOC Concept Scheme-A Walkthrough








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    Multilinguality in AGROVOC Concept Scheme: Challenges and Experiences 2011
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    AGROVOC plays a significant role in setting the standards as a common data model for representing and linking multilingual information from Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Food and other related domains resources unequivocally. Researchers, librarians, terminologist and information managers from international organizations leverage on AGROVOC as the controlled vocabulary to access, translate and share their knowledge collaboratively. Since 1982, AGROVOC has evolved from a tra ditional thesaurus to an ontology based OWL1 model and finally to a SKOSXL2 model. Based on the model, FAO3 built a web based vocabulary management tool called “VocBench” which can handle the multilinguality concurrently. This paper outlines the challenges of multilinguality in AGROVOC Concept Scheme, as well as the experiences and processes of converting multilingual information from heterogeneous data formats into the AGROVOC Knowledge Base.
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    A Collaborative Framework for Managing and Publishing KOS 2011
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    In the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the need to revamp its popular agriculture vocabulary AGROVOC using Semantic Web knowledge representation standards combined with the need to provide a collaborative environment for development and maintenance purposes, pushed forward the realization of a dedicated AGROVOC thesaurus maintenance tool. With the progressive standardization of the AGROVOC knowledge model, following recent Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS ) recommendations by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and with the addition of more FAO-maintained vocabularies, the former “AGROVOC Concept Server Workbench” has become a general-purpose framework for thesauri and vocabulary development and is now reborn as “ VocBench”. In this paper, we describe the path which led to its realization and its main features
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    From AGROVOC to the Agricultural Ontology Service / Concept Server
    An OWL model for creating ontologies in the agricultural domain
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    This paper illustrates the conversion from a traditional thesaurus in agriculture (AGROVOC) to a new system, the Agricultural Ontology Service Concept Server (AOS/CS). The Concept Server will serve as a multilingual repository of concepts in the agricultural domain providing ontological relationships and a rich, semantically sound terminology. The Food and Agriculture Organization recently developed the underlying model for this new system in the Web ontology language OWL. In this paper, we desc ribe the purpose of this conversion and the use of OWL and highlight in particular the core features of the developed OWL model. We go on to explain how it evolves and differs from the traditional thesaurus approach.

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