Paris, 2 July 2007

EFITA newsletter / 317 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

South Asian Conference on Water in Agriculture: management options for increasing crop productivity per drop of water
15 - 17 November 2007
Contact: Dr. S. R. Patel
E-mail: srpatelsr(a)

International symposium on Agrometeorology and Food Security (INSAFS) by the association of Agrometeorologists of India
18 - 21 February 2008
Contact: Dr. S. R. Patel
E-mail: srpatelsr(a)

FAO's activities on Agricultural Information Management Standards available in multiple languages from the Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the world's fastest-growing, cooperative, free content, on-line encyclopaedia. There were 600,000 visitors per day by the end of 2005; there are more than 4 million articles in 200 languages. The amazing success of Wikipedia is not only due to its "open edit" policy, or its collection of high-level knowledge on all conceivable themes. It represents a global community which holds to a particular web philosophy; many of its followers are top-ranking specialists of the same breed which feeds its domain knowledge freely into the Open Archives movement.
FAO's work for the promotion and furthering of information management standards for the world agricultural community is now documented on the Wikipedia pages. At present, the principal arguments treated on Wikipedia are:
* The Agricultural Metadata Element Set (AgMES), the metadata standard developed by FAO for the description and discovery of agricultural information resources;
* The Agricultural Ontology Service (AOS) set up to serve as a reference initiative that structures and standardizes agricultural terminology in multiple languages for use of any number of systems in the agricultural domain and provide several services, with the aim of achieving more interoperability between agricultural systems;
* FAO's Multilingual Agricultural Thesaurus (AGROVOC), structured to cover the terminology of all subject fields in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and related domains (e.g. environment); and
* The Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) initiative, working to facilitate information sharing, and to overcome the problems created through resources being located often in proprietary applications and using dissimilar data models. Frequently, information system designers are unaware of existing design methodologies, data description standards or freely available tools or applications. This project is working to promote existing standards and contribute to the creation of new ones.

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Contact: Gauri SALOKHE
E-mail: Gauri.Salokhe(a)

Thank you very much for EFITA newsletter.
This magazine is very valuable, useful and wonderful one.
I read it thoroughly all the pages.
I am very interested in Agricultural Economics, Food Production, Poultry and Egg Economics. Recently my major studies are Slow food and slow tourism in Japan as well as other countries. I am sorry to say that I couldn't attend Glasgow congress next month.
Since I was elected President of Tokai gakuin University since last April, I will have some meetings at Univ.
Contact: Michio SUGIYAMA
E-mail: sugimm21(a)

The new software OPACSA: maximum control - minimal cost
The co-existence of GMO and conventional products in the processing chain requires control measures that enable stakeholders to decide on the acceptance or rejection of a specific lot. However, control cannot be performed separately on each grain, and the more extensively the analysis is conducted, the more expensive it becomes. So, where is the optimum - or are there several ones? A new statistical optimisation software helps to find the cheapest and most reliable mode of analysis by sub-sampling, and this is the first programme that takes economic factors into account and enables the use of inexpensive qualitative methods. Co-Extra spoke with co-developer André Kobilinsky (INRA, Jouy-en-Josas) about the new software OPACSA.
Contact : Yves BERTHEAU
E-mail: yves.bertheau(a)

El alcoholismo!!... no es el problema!!!


El alcoholismo no es el problema

Precaución en las calles...


Afirman que el 23% de los accidentes de tránsito son provocados por el consumo de alcohol.

Eso significa que el otro 77% de los accidentes son causados por los hijos de puta... que beben agua, jugos, refrescos y otras porquerías.


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