[open-development] Fwd: [open-government] Help to internationalize the Open Food Facts project + G-8 conference in Washington

Tariq Khokhar tariq at khokhar.net
Tue Feb 26 18:03:47 UTC 2013

Thanks for Sharing Tim - I know the Bank's getting involved with this
in DC. Stephane - this is great work -  if you get no other takers,
I'd be happy to pitch it on your behalf. tk

Tariq Khokhar
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On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM, Tim Davies
<tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk> wrote:
> I though this might be of interest to the list. Note in particular the link
> for ideas for an upcoming G8 conference on Open Data and Agriculture at the
> end of April, with a focus on Africa.
> https://sites.google.com/site/g8opendataconference/preces - Deadline is 28th
> Feb for submissions of presentation ideas.
> All the best
> Tim
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Stéphane Gigandet <biz at joueb.com>
> Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM
> Subject: [open-government] Help to internationalize the Open Food Facts
> project + G-8 conference in Washington
> To: open-government at lists.okfn.org, open-sustainability at lists.okfn.org
> Cc: beatrice.martini at okfn.org
> 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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