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FoodON: A Global Farm-to-Fork Food Ontology

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  1. 1. FoodON: A Global Farm-to-Fork Food Ontology Emma Griffiths1, Damion Dooley2, Pier Luigi Buttigieg3, Robert Hoendorf4, Matthew Lange5, Fiona Brinkman1, Will Hsiao2 1Dept of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2BC Public Health Lab, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 3Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum fur Polar-und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany, 4Dept of Computer Science, King Abdullah University, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 5Dept of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA, USA Introduction • Many different food dictionaries used for different purposes, different institutions, different regions • Lack of a standardized food vocabulary impacts data sharing and research, health and safety, economics, cultural practices and more FOOD (definition): any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth. Development of the FoodON Food Ontology Methods 1. Engage Users 2. Identify Use Cases 3. Harmonize Existing Resources 4. Develop data structure Existing Resources: Acknowledgements This work was supported by funding from Genome Canada, AllerGen NCE and the European Research Council (ABYSS). A travel grant was also awarded to E.G. from ICBO. Data Structure: 1. Food Safety: source attribution during outbreaks, contamination trace back, risk assessment 2. Nutrition and Chemical Exposure: food additives, nutritive content, diet guidelines 3. Food Allergy: hazard identification, allergy research and policy building 4. Food Security: production, storage, availability, distribution 5. Economics: import/export, trade, purchasing trends 6. Sustainability: ecosystems, food webs Use Cases: The FoodON Consortium A Harmonized Farm-to-Fork Food Ontology will Facilitate Data Sharing between Public Health, Regulatory, Development and Research Communities Worldwide. • FoodOn (Food Ontology) Consortium: Community contributions welcome. Contact us! Examine Resources Results User Engagement: Interview End Users FoodON CliniciansEpidemiologists & Laboratory Analysts Information Management Systems Outbreak Investigation Tools + = Existing Ontologies Ecologists Public Health Researchers Food Regulators and Policy Makers Food Databases Advocacy Groups Agricultural Experts • Structured according to OBO Foundry principles • Proposed upper levels categories: Food composition, pre- collection (farming), environment, collection features (season, harvesting technology), storage and distribution, culinary preparation and packaging, food safety factors, consumption patterns Consensus and International Partnerships Are Critical For Wide Adoption of FoodON. FoodON will require input from multiple domains.