Global Agricultural Concept Scheme: One KOS to rule them all?

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Anyone working with research these days could confirm that scarcity of research outcomes is not an issue anymore; thematic repositories and aggregators provide access to a wealth of research publications and data, as well as related information such as projects working in a specific thematic area, profiles of researchers and organizations activated in a specific research context, funding opportunities, tools and services etc. However, one of the major issues identified is the difficulty in retrieving such information from various heterogeneous content sources that are scattered worldwide, isolated and incompatible with each other. This is, to a high degree, due to the lack of interoperability between the different systems hosting such information.… Click to read the full post

Giants join forces to improve agricultural semantics

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I am writing this post on my way back to home from Rome where I participated in the Improving Agricultural Semantics workshop that was held in Food and Agricultural Organisation of United Nations and which was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

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Arriving I decided not to speak about the situation in Greece and get as much as possible from this event where all the important organisations of the agricultural sector will be present. Of course you understand that this was difficult because everybody was asking me about the referendum. I broke my promise 🙁

The workshop started with a very interesting session about the results of the pre-workshop survey about the Knowledge Organisations Systems and data used and produced by organisations and the main problems that they are addressing.… Click to read the full post

“Improving Semantics in Agriculture” Workshop

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A Workshop titled “Improving Semantics in Agriculture” is taking place between July 2-3, 2015 at FAO HQ, Rome, Italy. Our COO Giannis Stoitsis has already arrived in Rome and is currently attending the Workshop, which engages a number of people with long experience in knoweldge management in the agricultural sector.

The goal of this workshop is to draw a roadmap for the future of information management and sharing in agriculture based on shared semantics. It is expected that a large part of the discussions will revolve around GACS (“Global Agricultural Concept Scheme”) that aims to bring together three major thesauri in agriculture to build a common, global repository of conceptual and terminological information.… Click to read the full post