The International System for Agricultural Science and Technology AGRIS is a multilingual bibliographic database that connects users directly to a rich collection of research and worldwide technical information on food and agriculture. Maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), AGRIS has been serving users from developed and developing countries through facilitating access to knowledge in agriculture, science and technology since 1975.
It offers 13 508 046 bibliographic records produced by more than 459 data providers (research centres, academic institutions, publishers, governmental bodies, development programmes, international and national organizations) from 153 countries. More than 400,000 agricultural and research professionals worldwide access AGRIS resources each month. While AGRIS is predominantly a bibliographic database, it also provides full text links to about 2 million of its records.
AGRIS facilitates access to publications, journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and grey literature - including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers in the area of agriculture and related sciences. Most of the AGRIS records are indexed by AGROVOC (the FAO multilingual Thesaurus). AGROVOC is widely used in specialized libraries as well as digital libraries and repositories to index content and for the purpose of text mining. It is also used as a specialized tagging resource for knowledge and content organization by FAO and other third-party stakeholders.
Since 1994, the Fundamental Library of the LBTU has been the National Centre of The International System for Agricultural Science and Technology AGRIS of the United Nations (UN FAO).
For the formation of the AGRIS database, the Fundamental Library of the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies shall draw up and send to the FAO AGRIS Information Resources Centre in Rome bibliographic records of expenditure published in Latvia in food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and other allied industries. Accordingly, the work of scientists from Latvia's agricultural and other allied industries in the world is promoted, as well as their availability to any interested in the world.
The information shall be processed in accordance with recommendations developed by the UN FAO AGRIS and international standards. The bibliography records produced by the Fundamental Library of the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies are available on the AGRIS portal – http://agris.fao.org/agris-search/