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

Stéphane Gigandet biz at joueb.com
Thu Feb 28 18:06:16 UTC 2013

Hi Paul,

We did not think about using Freebase, our "role model" is more 
OpenStreetMap. I also like the ShareAlike condition of the Open Database 
Licence which I believe is not compatible with Freebase. From a 
technical point of view, I don't know enough about Freebase to comment 
on the pros and cons of using it instead of having a dedicated and 
domain-specific database.

We do have an alpha JSON API that is used in our iPhone and Android apps 
to retrieve the data for a product.
e.g. http://en.openfoodfacts.org/api/v0/product/737628064502.json (the 
number is the barcode of the product)
If you need an API to do something more, we can discuss your specific 
needs off the OKFN lists, you can email contact at openfoodfacts.org

Alternatively, you can download the complete database in RDF or in CSV 



> Hi,
> Did you consider using Freebase for this data collection at all?
> http://www.freebase.com/view/food
> Does your site have an API?
> thanks
> paul
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM, 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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