AgGateway is introducing a comprehensive agricultural glossary that can be freely accessed and used by the industry to facilitate accurate communications. The glossary is a one-stop location in the form of an online wiki for agriculture terms, definitions, acronyms, key words and synonyms. The glossary pulls from a number of established industry sources and includes government definitions for key terms, from "field" and "production" to "irrigation" and "pump". There are currently more than 3,000 terms in the glossary.
The glossary is now available at http://agglossary.org.
A major impetus for creating the new glossary is the need for defined terms when establishing eBusiness connections between companies, which is AgGateway's mission.
"As agriculture improves its processes in the face of growing need and diminishing resources, the various segments of the industry have to be able to clearly communicate with each other - and that starts with basic terms and definitions," said Dennis Daggett, AgGateway's Glossary Working Group Leader, and Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at ProAg. "This glossary is distinctive in that it pulls information from multiple established sources, and because it also includes a hierarchy of specificity on a given term - which allows the user to find the right usage for today, and also to help formulate new terms as new applications arise."
"I've no doubt that we'll begin using the glossary immediately in our many discussions focused on developing standards for eBusiness," said AgGateway Standards Director Jim Wilson. "The glossary will be extremely helpful in facilitating the exchange of information between trading partners in various sectors of the ag industry."
An AgGateway team of members led by Daggett has been creating the glossary for the past three years. The glossary includes a contribution/feedback process, and the group encourages industry members to use and contribute to the glossary.
"This will of course be a continuing process, and we expect many more terms to be added to the glossary for months and years to come," Daggett said. "We'll be continuing to work with other ag organizations to make the glossary even more robust and useful."
More information on how the glossary is organized, and how it will continue to be expanded, can be found at the glossary site at http://agglossary.org.