FoodOn: a harmonized food ontology to increase global food traceability, quality control and data integration

D.M. Dooley, E.J. Griffiths, G.S. Gosal, P.L. Buttigieg, R. Hoehndorf, M.C. Lange, L.M. Schriml, F.S.L. Brinkman, W.W.L. Hsiao
Science of Food, 2:23, (2019)

FoodOn: a harmonized food ontology to increase global food traceability, quality control and data integration

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Harmonization, Accessible global, FoodOn contains

Abstract

To help tackle data harmonization problems that span the domains of food security, safety, quality, production, distribution, and consumer health and convenience. FoodOn (http://foodon.org) is a consortium-driven project to build a comprehensive and easily accessible global farm-to-fork ontology about food, that accurately and consistently describes foods commonly known in cultures from around the world. FoodOn addresses food product terminology gaps and supports food traceability. Focusing on human and domesticated animal food description, FoodOn contains animal and plant food sources, food categories and products, and other facets like preservation processes, contact surfaces, and packaging. Much of FoodOn’s vocabulary comes from transforming LanguaL, a mature and popular food indexing thesaurus, into a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) OWL Web Ontology Language-formatted vocabulary that provides system interoperability, quality control, and software-driven intelligence. FoodOn compliments other technologies facilitating food traceability, which is becoming critical in this age of increasing globalization of food networks.

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DOI: 10.1038/s41538-018-0032-6

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