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1. Introduction

This document provides detailed technical information for converting bibliographic data from local databases into valid AGRIS DTD compliant XML records. The process that is to be carried out is, to some extent, complex. However, the result will benefit the Institutions and Centres that produce bibliographic data of agricultural content, in the conversion to XML data that can be disseminated to and harvested by the AGRIS XML repository. The XML repository is aggregated, maintained, organized and made available via the Internet1.

The main purpose of this guide is to facilitate the conversion process thorough step-by-step instructions and to provide a list of common pitfalls.

This document supplements the AGRIS AP guidelines2, which provide details on describing the content of the XML elements and schemes. Sect ion 4 also provides a brief content description of the 16 core elements, its sub-elements (qualifiers) and relevant schemes and attributes, together with the correlated examples of encoding of the XML tags.

1 AGRIS Website
2 AGRIS AP Guidelines