[open-sustainability] Help to internationalize the Open Food Facts project + G-8 conference in Washington

Stéphane Gigandet biz at joueb.com
Wed Feb 27 17:35:02 UTC 2013

Thanks Maya. My Fitness Pal has a private API, I contacted them to see 
if they could consider opening part of the data, or maybe helping us to 
cross-check the data we already have.


> Have you been in contact with Mike Lee @ My Fitness Pal - I don't know 
> if he is interested in open data, but he has built the biggest food 
> database based on crowdsourced data from dieters.
> Maya Forstater
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> On 26 February 2013 15:13, Stéphane Gigandet <biz at joueb.com 
> <mailto:biz at joueb.com>> wrote:
>     Hi Everyone,
>     I presented the Open Food Facts project at the Open Data Day event
>     organized by the French local group of OKFN in Paris.
>     We are creating a kind of "Wikipedia" for food products: a
>     crowdsourced database of food products from around the world with
>     ingredients, nutrition facts, labels etc. published under the Open
>     Database Licence.
>     We started in May 2011 and the project took off very quickly, with
>     300 contributors adding 5500 products. But so far we have not been
>     very successful at developing other languages than French (Spanish
>     being the exception). We have versions more or less translated in
>     10 languages, but very few products. You can see the number of
>     products for each language on http://openfoodfacts.org
>     We would be very interested to find people who could help us to
>     develop the project and make it known in other countries.
>     One thing that was suggested during Open Data Day is that the
>     OKFN's network could be of great help to find persons interested
>     in the project from around the world.
>     We also have a very concrete short term need: the G-8 is
>     organizing on April 29th a conference on Open Data for Agriculture
>     and Food Security. There is an open call for ideas:
>     https://sites.google.com/site/g8opendataconference/preces
>     We will answer that call to try to present our project, but if we
>     are selected, we may not be able to fly from France to Washington.
>     But we were thinking that we may be able to find someone living
>     close to Washington who could present the project. And of course
>     we would be more than happy to return the favor and present some
>     projects from abroad at conferences in Paris or other conferences
>     we go to elsewhere.
>     By the way we have an "open draft" of our answer to the open call:
>     https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IsRV4R3nJuF145H_6jGprMj5ZSTBWYz-Gt_-bO2P2jU/edit?usp=sharing
>     Any comments or suggestions welcome!
>     At the Open Data Day event in Paris, it was also suggested that we
>     could start an OKFN working group related to food. Would some of
>     you be interested in starting and participating in such a working
>     group?
>     Thank you!
>     Stéphane Gigandet
>     http://openfoodfacts.org
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