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Thesaurus FrenchCropUsage (FCU)

FrenchCropUsage is a french thesaurus of types of crops, organized according to their destination (direct human food, animal feed, food industry, etc) and the type of culture system (field crop, market gardening, etc.). This thesaurus represents the French point of view. It is based on the definition of "Larousse Agricole" and french agricol wikipedia. some links to these sources are included in the thesaurus. This thesaurus is described on AgroPortal and FAIRsharing.

DOI CROPUSAGE; French Crop Usage; DOI: 10.25504/FAIRsharing.9228fv; Last edited: May 21, 2018, 3:59 p.m.; Last accessed: May 28 2018 1:55 p.m.



The thesaurus is available on the Agroportal repository

Thesaurus Visualization

FrenchCropUsage has several versions

The version created during the D2KAB project (2019-2023) is available at

Access to SPARQL End Point

Latest version (D2KAB research project)

SPARQL resquests can be done on It can be accessed with a SPARQL client or with a web browser.

Query example

List of 100 concepts from fcu

      ?item a skos:Concept.
      } LIMIT 100

List of concepts from fcu child of vegetable crop.

?instance a skos:Concept.
?instance skos:broader* fcu:Cultures_legumieres.
?parent skos:prefLabel ?parentLabel.
ORDER BY ?instance

Access to git

Different version of fcu are available on the irstea gitlab repository

Thesaurus Development Tips

SPARQL queries set has been defined to test some constraints about thesaurus.

C. ROUSSEY, S. BERNARD. Améliorer la qualité d’un thésaurus à l’aide de requêtes SPARQL. In french workshop proceedings Recherche d'Information SEmantique (RISE 2017) adossé à la conférence IC 2017 de la Plateforme Francophone d'Intelligence Artificielle, 4 juillet 2017, Caen, 11 pages. Rise 2017 proceedings

@inproceedings{roussey_ameliorer_2017, address = {Caen}, title = {Am{\'e}liorer la qualit{\'e} d{\textquoteright}un th{\'e}saurus {\`a} l{\textquoteright}aide de requ{\^e}tes {SPARQL}}, url = {}, booktitle = {les actes du 9es atelier {Recherche} d'{Information} {SEmantique} ({RISE} 2017)}, author = {Roussey, Catherine and Bernard, Stephan}, month = jul, year = {2017}, pages = {11} }

The verification of thesaurus constraints gives the list of constraints and their translation into SPARQL queries

Add a new Crop in FCU

two possibilities :

Deprecated version Vespa project

The version created during the vespa project (2013- 2016) of FrenchCropUsage thesaurus is visible in different ways:

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