Open Food Facts
Created by Stéphane Gigandet.
I'm a Developer in Paris, France. I work at Open Food Facts. Previously, I've worked at Yahoo!, recettes.de/cuisine, Colorigami.
We are building a collaborative, free and open database of food products from around the world. The database is crowsourced, and it's published as open data under the Open Database Licence (ODbL). It includes ingredients, nutrition facts, labels, carbon footprint and any other information that is on the label or food package.
Open Food Facts is a non profit association, built by 1200 contributors and developed by volunteers.
Project page: http://openfoodfacts.org
UK food products: http://uk.openfoodfacts.org
Food product data is too important to be kept locked. Consumers need this data so that they can make better choices, for themselves, for their kids, for the planet. Making this data available in a database makes it easy to compare products, and the data can be used for new applications.
Open Food Facts started in France 2 years ago. It's a worldwide project, but so far we have few products from the UK. So first and foremost, we need help to build a local community of contributors in the UK.
And then we need help for everything else, we have tons of ideas, and you surely have even more tons of them. Have a look at our wiki for some of those : http://en.wiki.openfoodfacts.org
Interested? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open data sets used in project:
- Approved food premices in the UK from the Food Standards Agency: http://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/sectorrules -- Used to map approval numbers printed on labels of food products to their manufacturers, http://uk.openfoodfacts.org/packager-code/uk-uw020-ec
- UK Food Hygiene Ratings: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/open-data/en-GB -http://uk.openfoodfacts.org/packager-code/uk-vd011-ec
- FSA Nutrient Profiling Model: http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/multimedia/pdfs/techguidenutprofiling.pdf -- used to compute the FSA nutritional score for all food products in the database, and to show nutrition traffic lights (red/orange/green for salt, fat, saturated fat and sugars)
Create a local community of Open Food Facts contributors in the UK
Grow database of food products from the UK to 5000 products
Launch some UK-centric applications of the Open Food Facts data