About this map of standards

This Agrisemantics Map of Data Standards is the continuation of the VEST Registry started on the FAO AIMS website (now superseded by tis Map) and it includes metadata from the AgroPortal ontology repository managed by University of Montpelier and Stanford University.

Work on improvements of the Map and integration with the AgroPortal is being conducted under the umbrella of the "GODAN Action" project, a support action to the GODAN initiative.

One of the outputs of GODAN Action is a map of standards in use for the exchange of agriculture and nutrition data, in the form of an onlinee database and this is what this platform is.

We’re building on two existing portals: the FAO VEST Registry and the AgroPortal so we aren’t starting from scratch or duplicating efforts (read more about differences and interaction between VEST and AgroPortal here)..

We're relying on the synergies between different partners and initiatives as a basis for the sustainability of the platform. We want this map to be maintained well beyond the end of the project, as a common asset of the community working with agricultural and nutrition data.

GODAN Action involves Wageningen UR – Alterra, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), AgroKnow,, the Land Portal, the Open Data Institute (ODI), AidData, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

Beyond this, in order to make this platform a reliable asset, we're calling on our networks of experts to help us improve this map of standards.
(See who already contributed under Credits

We need your help especially if you:

  • are the owner / manager of a standard / vocabulary relevant for food and agriculture-related data;

  • know of any standard / vocabulary relevant for food and agriculture-related data that is not currently in the map;

  • are an expert in open data standards.

If so, please check the current map and if you can, help us in any of the following ways:

  1. Add new standards that are not in the map yet.
    Click on Contribute: you can register/login (it’s just an access account, we don’t ask for additional information) and once logged in click on “Add vocabulary” under Contribute.

  2. “Claim” a standard that is already there and improve its description.
    Once logged in you can click on “Claim” on the standard page and explain what your responsibility is for that standard. We will grant you access to edit the description of that standard.

  3. Share and link the content of your vocabulary.
    If your standard is defined using a standard vocabulary (RDFS, SKOS) or ontology (OBO, OWL) language, take one step further and upload it to the AgroPortal, a repository of ontologies and vocabularies where advanced functionalities are included.

  4. Complete the short survey highlighted on the website.
    This will help us improve the way the map is organiszed and offer better functionalities.