Information is made valuable through a common understanding and shared concepts. Glossaries build and contribute to the definitions, terminologies and classifications vital to meaningful information exchange. The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department plays an important role in the continued development of fisheries-related glossaries.
The Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) has been developing and promoting information standards (including concepts, definitions and classifications) since the 1960s for the collation of fishery statistics at international level.
Most of the classifications endorsed by the CWP are now organized and disseminated through the FIGIS Reference Table Management System (RTMS).
The Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract (ASFA) has developed a thesaurus in order to provide a harmonized index for its global database of bibliographic references.
Complementing the FAO AGROVOC thesaurus, specialized online fisheries glossaries have been produced:
To manage information in a systematic and cost-effective way, FIGIS has built a metadata level (a topic tree) for each information domain, providing a standard template for the display of Web page content. The Fisheries Metadata Element Set (FIMES) describes this meta level which is based on XML language.
Fisheries glossaries, classifications and thesauruses, together comprise the components of semantic meaning which the NeOn project aims to integrate within a single Fisheries Ontology server in order to enhance information interoperability.