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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.


Countries that developed this resource Canada , Germany , Saudi Arabia , United States

Created in 2017

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How to cite this record FOODON; FoodOn; DOI:; Last edited: Feb. 15, 2019, 1:31 p.m.; Last accessed: Oct 16 2019 2:11 p.m.

Record added: Oct. 24, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Record updated: Aug. 27, 2018, 3:45 p.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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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)