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ready FoodOn

Abbreviation: FOODON

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The need to represent knowledge about food is central to many human activities including agriculture, medicine, food safety inspection, shopping patterns, and sustainable development. FoodOn is built to interoperate with the OBO Library and to represent entities which bear a food role. Initially the ontology will focus on the human-centric categorization and handling of food, but in the future it will also encompass materials in natural ecosystems and food webs. We aim to develop semantics for food safety, food security, the agricultural and animal husbandry practices linked to food production, culinary, nutritional and chemical ingredients and processes.

How to cite this record FOODON; FoodOn; DOI:; Last edited: Feb. 14, 2020, 5:18 p.m.; Last accessed: Aug 02 2021 1:41 a.m.

Publication for citation  FoodOn: a harmonized food ontology to increase global food traceability, quality control and data integration. Dooley DM,Griffiths EJ,Gosal GS,Buttigieg PL,Hoehndorf R,Lange MC,Schriml LM,Brinkman FSL,Hsiao WWL; NPJ Sci Food ; 2019; 10.1038/s41538-018-0032-6;

This record is maintained by Hsiao Lab  (damion)

Record added: Oct. 24, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Record updated: Feb. 4, 2020, 11:17 a.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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Context Is Everything: Harmonization of Critical Food Microbiology Descriptors and Metadata for Improved Food Safety and Surveillance.

Griffiths E,Dooley D,Graham M,Van Domselaar G,Brinkman FSL,Hsiao WWL
Front Microbiol 2017

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FoodOn: a harmonized food ontology to increase global food traceability, quality control and data integration.

Dooley DM,Griffiths EJ,Gosal GS,Buttigieg PL,Hoehndorf R,Lange MC,Schriml LM,Brinkman FSL,Hsiao WWL
NPJ Sci Food 2019

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Immune Epitope Database
The IEDB provides the scientific community with a central repository of freely accessible epitope data and epitope prediction and analysis resources. The IEDB is a publicly accessible, comprehensive immune epitope database containing peptidic linear and conformational epitopes and non peptidic epitopes such as lipids, metals, drugs, carbohydrates, etc, with published or submitted antibody, T cell, MHC binding or MHC ligand elution experimental assays. Epitope data related to infectious diseases, allergy, autoimmunity and transplant tested in humans, non human primates, and any other species can be found in the IEDB.

OBO Foundry
The Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology (OBO) Foundry is a collective of ontology developers that are committed to collaboration and adherence to shared principles. The mission of the OBO Foundry is to develop a family of interoperable ontologies that are both logically well-formed and scientifically accurate. To achieve this, OBO Foundry participants voluntarily adhere to and contribute to the development of an evolving set of principles including open use, collaborative development, non-overlapping and strictly-scoped content, and common syntax and relations, based on ontology models that work well, such as the Gene Ontology (GO). The OBO Foundry is overseen by an Operations Committee with Editorial, Technical and Outreach working groups.

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  • #254EPI (Genome Canada BCB 2015, Canada)