Accessing data

The data.fao.org APIs provide the following ways for you to access resources:

The UUID is more suitable for application-to-application communication, as opposed to a user-friendly name, because it is more efficient, compact, immutable, and will never change even if the resource is renamed or moved to another database.

The user-friendly name, on the other hand, is easier to use by a "human" user because it is a significant identifier, unique only in the data.fao.org context, while the UUID is a "machine" code and therefore hard to remember.

You can use the method name invocation as an alternative to the user-friendly name query. It allows more flexibility in questioning the catalog. For example, you can retrieve a resource type descriptor or execute a sparql query in order to obtain a specific resource set.