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

Testing e-services for digital content enrichment at the FREME Hackathon

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The hackathon of the FREME project took place at the premises of the University of Leipzig, Germany between 11 and 12/11/2015. As expected, the hackathon aimed at testing the FREME e-services for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. The testing was achieved by developing our client side programs, collaborating with each other, discussing and solving our main problems. Agro-Know was there, as one of the project partners and made a presentation about our AKstem product and how it benefits from the outcomes of the FREME project by integrating specific e-services – in fact, Agro-Know is one of the project’s business cases.… Click to read the full post

What happens in Turin stays in Turin? We have a FREME report

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Have you ever used services like Open Calais ? If yes then probably you were amazed by how easy is to automatically extract semantic information directly from the submitted text. If you are not familiar with Open Calais it is a service that extracts events, people, organisations, topics and social tags from unstructured data. I would suggest to try it. A lot of developers and companies are using such services to enrich their content, to improve discovery services, to build recommendations services and to extract analytics from content.

But could such great service work with any open dataset that you have for your domain and not only with a specific and close data?
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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

Agro-Know joins FREME’s kick-off meeting

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The kickoff meeting of the FREME “Open Framework of E-Services for Multilingual and Semantic Enrichment of Digital Content” project,  will take place at Berlin, Germany, between 5-6 of February 2015. FREME is a project co-funded by the EC under the H2020 Framework Programme for Research & Innovation and its activities are steered towards the creation of an open innovative commercial-grade framework of the e services for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. The choice of the project’s acronym is not out of chance since “freme” means “advantage, gain, benefit” in Old English. Therefore, FREME will endow digital content managers with the advantages and benefits which brings to the market.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know in SEMIC 2014

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The SEMIC 2014 Conference (Semantic Interoperability Conference), titled “Metadata Governance & Management” was held on 9/4/2014 in Athens, Greece at the premises of the National Center of Public Administration and Local Governance, as another one of the related events in the context of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance. It engaged about 199 participants from almost all EU member states (there were about 220 registrations) plus the 24 speakers (also from USA and Japan, among others), and aimed to explore how Public Administrations can use semantic technologies to make information exchange efficient and effective, allowing them to operate at lower costs and provide better services.… Click to read the full post