AGRIS - International System for Agricultural Science and Technology


Types of resources

Types of resources that can be indexed in AGRIS include library catalogues, institutional repositories and journals.

  • Library catalogues with books, digital collections, grey literature including reports, theses etc. may well be a treasure produced locally and made accessible at global level.
  • Institutional repositories are vital in terms of sharing scientific outputs and learning objects openly through distributed systems.
  • Journals published by organizations are provided great visibility via AGRIS with FAO's trusted channels of communication.

Organizations that become data providers can contribute to AGRIS by providing metadata from one or more of these resources. More information about metadata requirements and ways to submit the metadata is available later on this page.

Metadata quality

Metadata quality is important for accurate and complete records in AGRIS. It is highly recommended to refer to the Meaningful Bibliographic Metadata (M2B) available at the Linked Open Data Enabled Bibliographical Data (LODE-BD) 3.0 recommendations to learn about required properties to be included in the metadata records.

Requirements for metadata records are explained in the table below in detail. In the column of properties, two plus signs “++” (in red) are used for the mandatory fields; a plus sign “+” (in blue) is used for the recommended fields. The rest of the metadata properties are optional.

Metadata requirements in AGRIS

Data providers can provide metadata in various formats including DOAJ, AGRIS AP, EndNote, MODS and Dublin Core (DC).

AGRIS is a multilingual database with resources available in up to 198 languages. Metadata can be provided in the local language, it doesn't need to be in English unless English is the native language of the data provider. However, it is recommended to add keywords, titles and/or abstracts in English when available to increase the visibility of records on the web.