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!
This weekend Foodtree hosted Vancouver’s Open Data Hack Day event; thanks to everyone who attended throughout the day.
A number of projects took place and a number of datasets were hacked on. Everything from garbage pick up times to bicycle accident statistics were given attention, and thanks to the culinary skills of Sarah we were all treated to a delicious Indian lunch and a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich dinner feast. It was a Gourmet Hack Day, if you will.
Open Food Data
Our team and a large group of food lovers hacked on food data together, making some great progress in the movement to get an international open food data effort under way.
The technical group spent the day focused on shipping a working API tailored to developers who want to leverage large food datasets. We’d collected some sample datasets prior to the event, and more were added throughout the day.
You can see the preliminary API and datasets here. Feel free to contribute!
The non-technical attendees spent the day working on user stories, with the intent of prioritizing common themes among the ways real people might get value out of an open data standard and its affect on food applications.
A set of questions and problem statements was developed, and from there we identified the elements that are involved in answering them. We further prioritized a short list of those elements that were the most prevalent:
cost to purchase – pricing information
supply chain insights
where are you – location relevance
certification bodies and their standards
popularity/social data – how do my friends feel about this food?
origin details (who/what/when)
You can see all of this work in the Open Food Wiki.
A Growing Community
A huge thanks go out to everyone who pitched in; in all we had about 20 people working on food throughout the day. We’d love for more food advocates and developers to join the effort, so if you’re interested you should join the Open Food Google Group to see the ongoing discussion of progress, priorities, and events.
Photo by Kp on Foodtree.
Foodtree will be doing our part for open data by hosting an Open Food Hack Day. Whether you're a developer, data nerd, or simply someone who cares about food, join us to help hack together an open standard for food information.