OBO Foundry Food Ontology Interconnectivity

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

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Guest Editors Global Food System 2021

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Since its creation in 2016, the FoodOn ontology has become an interconnected partner in various academic and government inter-agency ontology work spanning agricultural and public health domains. This paper examines existing and potential data interoperability capabilities arising from FoodOn and partner food-related ontologies belonging to the encyclopedic Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology Foundry (OBO) vocabulary platform, and how research organizations and industry might utilize them for their own operations or for data exchange. Projects are seeking standardized vocabulary across all direct food supply activities ranging from agricultural production, harvesting, preparation, food processing, marketing, distribution and consumption, as well as indirectly, within health, economic, food security and sustainability analysis and reporting tools. To satisfy this demand and provide data requires establishing domain specific ontologies whose curators coordinate closely to produce recommended patterns for food system vocabulary.
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This paper is meant to be submitted for the Special Issue for the Semantic Web for the Global Food System.