OBO Foundry Food Ontology Interconnectivity

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Damion Dooley
Fleur Mougin1
Liliana Andrés-Hernández1
Carl Lachat
Francesco Vitali
Georgeta Bordea
Magalie Weber
Hande Kucuk McGinty1
Chen Yang
Pol Castellano-Escuder
Leigh Carmody
Duccio Cavalieri
Lauren Chan
Matthew Lange

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Guest Editors Global Food System 2021

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Survey Article
Since its creation in 2016, the FoodOn food ontology has become an interconnected partner in various academic and government projects that span agricultural and public health domains. This paper examines recent data interoperability capabilities arising from food-related ontologies belonging to, or compatible with, the encyclopedic Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology Foundry (OBO) ontology platform, and how research organizations and industry might utilize them for their own projects or for data exchange. Projects are seeking standardized vocabulary across many food supply activities ranging from agricultural production, harvesting, preparation, food processing, marketing, distribution and consumption, as well as more indirect health, economic, food security and sustainability analysis and reporting tools. To satisfy this demand for controlled vocabulary requires establishing domain specific ontologies whose curators coordinate closely to produce recommended patterns for food system vocabulary.
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