AGROVOC Webinar: CGIAR AgriFood Data Annotation and Ontology Development: use and contribution to AGROVOC

As part of the 3rd AGROVOC Editorial Community Workshoporganized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Elizabeth Arnaud, Alliance Bioversity international -CIAT presented a webinar on 29 June 2020. 

The webinar focused on CGIAR AgriFood Data Annotation and Ontology Development:  use and contribution to AGROVOC. CGIAR stores large amounts of multi-disciplinary data sets and publications in open repositories (Dataverse, cKAN, DSpace) that are harvested by GARDIAN, global metadata repository. Data sets and publications are described with the CGIAR Core Metadata Schema that recommends the use of AGROVOC in the keywords.  CGIAR needs a robust workflow to submit missing terms to AGROVOC and want to prospect the use of specialized concepts schemas as a mean to simplify the selection of relevant keywords. Currently,  CGIAR International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) contributes to the Arabic version of AGROVOC.

CGIAR is also actively engaged in the development of semantically-rich ontologies to support the collection of FAIR agrifood data and increase its interoperability by annotating the variables in the file. Two major products are the Crop Ontology and the Agronomy Ontology. An ontology on Socio-economy (SEOnt) is currently being developed led by the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI). Current experience with mapping the ontologies to AGROVOC is presented.