The Land Portal Foundation Helping to Build AGROVOC Community of Experts for LandVoc Scheme with Online Course and One-Day Workshop in 2020

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will work together with The Land Portal Foundation to create a community of experts for AGROVOC’s LandVoc scheme, enriching AGROVOC’s content, relevancy and use for the land and agricultural sector with an online course, along with a one-day workshop in May, 2020.

Participation of land experts to the AGROVOC online course, as well as a one-day workshop will discuss management, use and further developments of the LandVoc scheme within AGROVOC, in particular in the context of increasing the relevancy and use of LandVoc as tool and thus enhance knowledge sharing and improve visibility and access to agriculture and land data worldwide.

Through both events it is the goal of the AIMS team, FAO and The Land Portal Foundation to establish the LandVoc community of experts, ensure land expert contributions and enrichments to AGROVOC and create overall awareness about the importance of using semantics in agricultural and land data management.

ABOUT The Land Portal Foundation

The main focus areas of the Land Portal Foundation are: Improving knowledge, communication and dialogue around land rights and land governance worldwide, with a particular emphasis on those most at-risk due to insecure land rights and great vulnerability to landlessness; Creating and maintaining a system, known as "The Land Portal", that facilitates the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations; Encouraging social information exchange, debate and networking; and Establishing and maintaining a web-based data system that builds its strong foundations as the online destination for land information by combining public data, published information, and first-hand knowledge. 


AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment etc. It is published by FAO and edited by a community of experts. It is widely used in specialized libraries as well as digital libraries and repositories to index content and for the purpose of text mining. It is also used as a specialized tagging resource for content organization by FAO and third-party stakeholders.

AGROVOC consists of +36,000 concepts and +750,000 terms in up to 35 languages. Currently, AGROVOC is an SKOS-XL concept scheme, and a Linked Open Data (LOD) set edited by VocBench. It is aligned with 18 other multilingual knowledge organization systems.