Is ISO 639 enough for a multilingual thesaurus? The AGROVOC case.

Caracciolo, Caterina and Johannsen, Gudrun and Kiran, Lavanya Is ISO 639 enough for a multilingual thesaurus? The AGROVOC case., 2012 . In AOS Workshop, Kuching (Malaysia), 3-4 September 2012. [Conference paper]

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In this paper we report on our analysis of multilinguality support for thesauri, with special reference to the AGROVOC thesaurus. We highlight that AGROVOC makes exclusive use of ISO 639 to tag languages, and we comment of its appropriateness for a resource such as AGROVOC. We provide examples taken from the subject area of AGROVOC to show the many cases of loan-words that appear when talking about plants and foods in different geographical areas even within countries speaking the same language. Our work is widely based on the Spanish and Portuguese cases

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Thesauri, vocabularies, multilinguality, AGROVOC, SKOS, SKOS-XL,FAO, FAOAIMS, AIMS
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IA. Cataloging, bibliographic control.
I. Information treatment for information services > IC. Index languages, processes and schemes.
I. Information treatment for information services > ID. Knowledge representation.
Depositing user: Thembani Malapela
Date deposited: 10 Jan 2014 08:24
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:29


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Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) 3. Caterina Caracciolo, Ahsan Morshed, Armando Stellato, Gudrun Johannsen, Johannes Keizer. Thesaurus Maintenance, Alignment and Publication as Linked Data. The AGROVOC use case. MTSR 2011.

Tom Heath. Chris Bizer, Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global data Space.


IETF 5646. Tags for Identifying Languages.

ISO 639

Caterina Caracciolo, Margherita Sini, Johannes Keizer. Requirements for the treatment of multilinguality in ontologies within FAO. In OWLED 2007. OWL: Experiences and Di-rections. Christine Golbreich, Aditya Kalyanpur, Bijan Parsia (eds). Proc. of OWLED2007, CEUR workshop proceedings. Paper available at:


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