Call for Case Studies: Tell us about your experience using AGROVOC!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is accepting case studies about adoption and use of the AGROVOC multilingual thesaurus. 

AGROVOC turns 40! FAO would like to collect experiences of how AGROVOC is used and by whom. Organizations using the thesaurus are invited to share how the world’s largest controlled set of concepts about agriculture has made a difference in their work.

Understanding more about how our users interact with the thesaurus will help us make AGROVOC even better in the years to come!

AGROVOC has grown over the last four decades – the multilingual thesaurus now offers more than 39 000 concepts in up to 40 languages, helping its users to work more efficiently and effectively while avoiding information silos.

Potential topics for contributions

A list of topics that might be representative of the most frequent AGROVOC use cases have been identified, but participants are welcome to select other themes if more appropriate to their experience:

  • How users organize knowledge for subsequent data retrieval
  • Tagging content in websites
  • Facilitating search engine discovery
  • Standardizing agricultural information data and as reference for translations
  • Experience in data mining, big data, or artificial intelligence
  • Practical use cases

How to participate

Prepare a text of maximum 300 words or a short video in English, telling us who you are and how your organization interacts with the FAO agricultural thesaurus.

All contributions should be sent to [email protected] by midnight Rome time June 17, 2021.

A selection of the material received will be disseminated through formal and informal channels such as AGROVOC and AIMS websites, as well as @FAOAIMS Twitter account. (Please note that, for videos, any easily identifiable people must sign a permission form).

The proposals will be reviewed, and following an evaluation process, the participants with the case studies selected as best contributions will be invited to present their experience during the AGROVOC Annual Event on 29 June 2021.


Over the last 40 years, FAO has contributed to making AGROVOC into a valuable tool, allowing agricultural data to be classified homogeneously and facilitating its interoperability and reuse. It is the largest controlled set of terms about agriculture available for public use, making data accessible and visible across domains and languages.

The call is part of the activities that are taking place in 2021 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of AGROVOC.

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