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History

First thoughts on a standardized data exchange format for farm management information systems have already been developed around the year 2000. The term agroXML was coined and registered as a trademark on 16th of September 2003. Representatives of farm management information system providers met in July 2004 at the University of Hohenheim to discuss further steps. A working group was founded, that held its first meeting at 30th of September 2004.

A very first development version 0.1 was released in April 2005 containing element and data type definitions for basic documentation of farm work. In May 2006, release 1.0 was published. This release was still in german language. It is still available, see our downloads page, but probably only of historical interest.

Version 1.1 followed in July 2006 fixing a number of issues with the previous release.

In March 2007, licensing terms were cleared, leading to release 1.2 under an open source license.

Version 1.3 - released February 2008 - was a major refactoring of the existing monolithic schema. It was split up into separate modules to enable implementation in parts depending on requirements of the application. Also, element and data type names were translated into the english language to satisfy increasing international demand.

Version 1.4 and 1.5 followed in 2009 and 2010 respectively offering further improvements in modeling like introducing abstract elements, a simpler data type system with explicit types for physical quantities and more flexible identifier handling.

Version 1.6 is planned for release in February 2014. The roadmap gives further info on features of that release.