The geopolitical ontology ensures that FAO and associated partners can rely on a master reference for geopolitical information, as it manages names in multiple languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Italian); maps standard coding systems (UN, ISO, FAOSTAT, AGROVOC, etc); provides relations among territories (land borders, group membership, etc); and tracks historical changes.
In addition, in order to facilitate the exploitation of this reference data by information systems, various services have been developed on top of this resource:
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
FAO Country Profiles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A thread on CODE4LIB was discussing geographic ontologies and the FAO Country Profiles was mentioned. Nice resource.