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#openfood launches at SXSW & trends worldwide on twitter!

To say that this weekend’s Open Food Data panel at South by Southwest was a success would be understating a bit. Here at Foodtree we think we speak for everyone involved when we say that we’re excited for the future and grateful for the response and thoughtful conversations that this effort has ignited so far.

Everything you need to get involved in pushing Open Food Data forward can be found at the Open Food website.

#openfood Trends Worldwide

During the panel on Sunday many attendants were using the #openfood hashtag to share ideas and updates with the people who couldn’t make it to the panel in person. What you may not have realized was that about 15 minutes into the panel that hashtag began trending worldwide on Twitter; an uncommon and unique feat that many hope to experience and very few accomplish (aside from Justin Bieber, that is).

That alone is an amazing show of support for the open food data movement, and as movement’s go we can officially call this one launched!

Why Vancouver Restaurant Owners Are Putting QR Codes On Their Menus (And You Should Too)

Restaurants are often proud of who they're sourcing from, and this is a simple way to let their customers join them in celebrating the farms, wineries, breweries, and other artisans that put food on the best menus in town.

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Better Food Through Open Data Standards (Vote for our SxSW Panel!)

One of the initiatives we committed to early on was the effort to create an open standard for reporting and sharing information about food via web and mobile technologies. One of the biggest challenges to rapid innovation in the food space is the tendency for distinct projects to treat similar information differently, causing interoperability issues and unnecessary difficulties for apps and systems that need to communicate.

On a very basic level, it’s an effort to call apples “apples” and oranges “oranges“.

On a deeper level, this is an effort to bring together a community of diverse people who are solving a myriad set of problems around the food system to collaborate on the language we’re all using to represent food. It’s an effort to take that critical piece of the equation out of the private domain and to democratize it.

We Need Your Votes!

(Don’t worry, it only takes ten seconds.)

Next year at South by Southwest, the largest multi-media conference in North America, a panel of experts from unique backgrounds around the food/technology field will host a discussion to present an initial framework for an open food information standard.

Our CEO Anthony is excited to be a part of it, and we’d very much appreciate your vote to include this panel in the event. The voting process determines a shortlist of potential panels, out of the 3600+ that applied.

There is an explosion in the number of services created to help people make better choices about how we produce, consume, and interact with food. Challenges related to the accuracy and completeness of data hamper the rate of innovation. A panel of leading food, data and technology doers shares their initial framework for an open standard for reporting, recording and sharing food information. Hear how recipe sites, restaurant menu wranglers, open government developers, urban agronomists, provenance geeks and food policy activists are collaborating on an interoperable standard. Panelists will share their unique perspectives and invite new collaborators to expand, refine, and put into practice an open standard. The open food data standard describes all aspects of food, in a way that allows technologists to support and enhance the success of the local food economy. Come find out how you can take part in the generation of an open data standard for food that reflects the values we place in food.

You can lend your support here! Voting ends September 1st, so please share this with any friends or family who care about food!