As part of the evolution of FAO as a Knowledge Organization, 2007 will see the main 'information' Division in FAO (currently 'Library and Documentation Systems Division - GIL) becoming the 'Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Division' as part of the new Knowledge and Communication Department (KC). Major FAO initiatives in this area include:
- The Knowledge Forum : Includes the ASK FAO Portal and Thematic Knowledge Networks.
- Corporate Document Repository : As part of the more than 2,400 records added in 2006, a new series of Information and Knowledge Management Papers was launched.
- Information And Knowledge Management Standards : Including the AGROVOC thesaurus.
- Bridging the Rural Digital Divide Programme : Provides a framework of good practices, valuable case studies, and resources for capacity building.
- AGRIS Network : Open Access was a hot topic - a white paper on an AGRIS OAI architecture was published for disussion.
- Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) : Distance learning modules on, for instance, Building Electronic Communities and Networks, Investing in Information for Development, Management of Electronic Documents, and Digitization and Digital Libraries.
- Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) : Over 100 of the world’s poorest countries are now able to access leading food and agriculture journals for little or no cost.
- FAO David Lubin Memorial Library: Serves as both a physical and virtual knowledge resource for FAO, member countries and the global community at large.