Bringing the main information systems online

One of the most important goal in my new job was to bring the most importan work areas online, what was all achieved in 2000.

FAO online catalogue

The FAO documentation database has been published on the web with numerous links to the full text in the FAO document repository


The multilingual thesaurus AGROVOC has been published on the web, making it first time available for a broader public.

Transferring the processing of the Central AGRIS database from Vienna to Rome

The central AGRIS database had been produced in Vienna during the 90s by a group for more than 15 persons, who processed the incoming data before adding them to the database.
After the decision of taking away emphasis from data processing to capacity building, the AGRIS production was transferred to Rome. Part of the money saved by this operation was used to create positions in the field to support the capacity building fucntions. The challenge was, to go on with the production of the AGRIS database in Rome with incomparable less resources.

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