AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. It is published by FAO and edited by a community of experts.

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AGROVOC consists of over 32,000 concepts available in 23 languages. Used by researchers, librarians, and information managers, AGROVOC has been a primary resource for indexing, retrieving, and organizing data in agricultural information systems and Web pages.

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. AGROVOC is edited through VocBench, an open-source, Web-based collaborative editing tool for multilingual thesauri and RDF-SKOS resources.

Melody K. Smith

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