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

Stéphane Gigandet biz at joueb.com
Wed Feb 27 18:10:40 UTC 2013

Thank you very much Tim and Tariq. I will let you know if we get selected.

I just learned that OpenStreetMap France is also answering the G-8 call 
for ideas with a very interesting proposal to map fields and crops. It 
would be awesome to open the data for the whole food chain, from 
agriculture to food transformation, distribution and consumption.


> 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
> email  : tariq at khokhar.net
> skype  : tariq.khokhar
> twitter: @tkb
> web    : www.khokhar.net
> 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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