[@OKFNau] Introduction -- Simon Cropper (sorry for cross-posting if you are on the main okfn.org list)

Simon Cropper simoncropper at fossworkflowguides.com
Thu Jun 19 03:52:30 UTC 2014


The food nutrition data is curated by Food Standards Australia and New 

Two data sets of note exist: NUTTAB 2010 and AUSNUT 2011-2013.

The information has been released under a CC-BY-SA++ license -- not 
really a suitable license for open data but the intent by FSANZ is 
clear. I am still trying to clarify the '++' component.

 From what I am told all the foods found in NUTTAB 2010 are found in the 
AUSNUT 2011-2013 dataset plus some more. The latter dataset also 
includes additional data and omits stuff included in the previous 2010 
assessment. There will be a need to merge and standardize the data 
before any real analysis can start.

The NUTTAB 2010 data is here...

The AUSNUT 2011-2013 data is here...

Once I have clarified the legal status of the datasets and the 
flow-on-effects for any derivatives I will post some details on this list.

My intent is to start a project using this data. Probably hosted on 
GitHub, where all and sundry can be involved. The datasets, licenses, 
derived merged datasets and various analysis will be posted there. 
Anyone interested in participating is welcome to become involved.

On 18/06/14 10:38, Rosie Williams wrote:
> Hi Simon,
> Where is the data on food nutrition?
> Rosie Williams BA (Sociology)
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> Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:17:03 +1000
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> Subject: [@OKFNau] Introduction -- Simon Cropper (sorry for
> cross-posting if you are on the main okfn.org list)
> ### Sorry for cross posting if you are on the main okfn.org list.
> Hello everyone,
> This is an introduction to myself, my experience, my skills and my
> interests.
> I am a scientist with 20+ years experience in pushing-and-pulling
> biological, financial and retail data (now colloquially called data
> wrangling, data munging and data analysis ). I have programmed in both
> the Windows and Linux platforms, and used a variety of packages and
> software languages to wrangling the data I need into a usable format for
> further analysis. Currently looking for new opportunities (euphemism for
> out-of-work ) and looking for ways to keep my brain active.
> I have provided some links to my on-line profile and blog site.
> I have interests in conservation, taxonomy/nomenclature, GIS,
> photography and food. I am an active coder as well.
> Historically I used Visual Foxpro to conduct most of my
> wrangling/munging/analysis, leaning heavily on SQL and hand crafted
> algorithms to collate, group and summarize data. Since Microsoft
> withdrew support for Visual Foxpro, I have been on the hunt for tools to
> replace the data manipulation capabilities of this package -- at present
> I am actively teaching myself Python (doing alright at the moment; see
> my GitHub <https://github.com/SimonChristopherCropper/RT_ChooseProfile>
> repository) and the playing around with a variety of modules available
> to manage large datasets (e.g. pandas, petl). Although well versed in
> the use of a variety of relational databases and a variety of
> programming languages, I am also good at using Excel and other
> spreadsheets to conduct work on smaller datasets.
> In the last few years I have also been actively involved in using Open
> Source GIS to conduct geospatial analysis (e.g. geocoding datasets).
> Although teething on gvSIG I am also interested in QGIS due to its
> integration with Python.
> Although I have a biological bent in my career and years of knowledge on
> datasets in Australia, I have a variety of interests. One that I am
> interested in exploring is food. I have located a large dataset of food
> available in Australia and it's composition (e.g. protein, carbs,
> vitamins, fat, etc) -- it is available under a CC-BY-SA license. I am
> interested in exploring this dataset in more detail. I have a range of
> questions that interests me but wonder if others might want to help
> tease out some other useful information from this dataset.
> Some questions I am interested in attempting to answer...
> Q. Of the 50 odd nutrients documented in this dataset what are the foods
> with the most and least amount present. For example, what foods are high
> in Calcium that could be used as suitable natural alternative to milk?
> Q. If you compare examples of a variety of well known diets (Paleo,
> Atkins, Mediterranean, whole-foods, Vegan, Vegetarian), how do they
> vary? What nutritional components differ?
> As I am exploring some new tools in Python, I have thought of doing this
> analysis using Pandas or something similar. The code would be integrated
> into iPython Notebooks so others could view the methodology and augment
> where necessary, and managed in a GitHub repository.
> Bye-and-bye, I have been an active exponent of open source software,
> open content and open data. I am very interested in copyright and
> copyleft licensing as a means of ensuring information is readily
> available to the broader public.
> --
> Cheers Simon
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Cheers Simon

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