The Value Chain Ontology: Development and Applications in the International Development
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  Soonho Kim   Soonho Kim
Web portal sepcialist
International Food Policy Research Institute
  Luciana Delgado   Luciana Delgado
Research Assistant
International Food Policy Research Institute


Thursday, August 21, 2014
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

Level:  Technical - Introductory

The value-chain concept has been used in the international development sector to help understanding the roles and incentives of actors involved in the market and developing strategies to provide small holders with effective market access opportunities. Due to the diverse nature of value chain development, however, there is no common approach applicable for capturing value-chain domain knowledge of different products, markets, activities, and methodologies. The value-chain ontology was developed to formalize such broad knowledge of domain, based on the systemic analysis of available tools developed by 11 international agricultural research institutes. The value-chain ontology is expected to facilitate the development of value-chain analysis by providing agricultural researchers and development practitioners with easier inter-comparison of available tools and data. The ontology also plays a critical role in tagging contents and publishing them in RDFa at “Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse (”, a new web portal developed using Drupal 7. In addition, Linked Open Data of value-chain tools will be served to semantic Web community via a SPARQL endpoint.

Soonho Kim is an expert on how to integrate new IT technology to International Organizations. She is working at International Food Policy Research Institute as a Web portal Specialist. She is originally from South Korea and has lived in Florida, Rome in Italy, and Fairfax, Virginia. She received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and biological engineering (major) + computer science (minor) in University of Florida in 2005. Prior to Joining IFPRI, Soonho Kim has worked as an Information management specialist in Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for six years. She also has two daughters.

Luciana Delgado is a Research Assistant at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Peru. She graduated from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina.

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