Open Food Facts - Roadmap 2013

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1. Crawl ecommerce websites (Carrefour, Auchan...)

2. How can we gain more products coverage?

2.1. Partnership with stores (organic food for example)

2.2. Partnership with food product companies

2.2.1. Invite companies to add their products

2.3. Promote opendata in the food industry

2.4. Lobby the government to force opendata/publication of product characteristics in the food industry

2.5. Distribute leaflets prompting local producers to add their products at Le Salon de l'Agriculture and other such events

2.6. Propose a mode in the App to ask the user to scan a specific kind of product (can you scan a Bread Loaf ?) that is under-represented in the DB

3. How can we get more qualitative coverage?

3.1. e.g. better pictures, more complete and accurate data etc.

3.2. Make UI improvements to streamline additions

3.3. Prompt the user when he is home via random (and few) notifications around lunchtime "Hey wanna open your fridge and contribute ?"

3.4. add a cooking time field

3.4.1. Automate the process as much as possible try to detect the oval circle around the origin data try to detect the AB logo automatically try to detect a bunch of stuff automatically perform OCR on all new products

3.5. Use several clues to orient images properly

3.5.1. EXIF Data

3.5.2. Text orientation through OCR

3.5.3. Enable image rotation without having to edit the whole page

4. How can we get more visibility for the project?

4.1. In the press?

4.1.1. Contact specialized journalists about health issues and scandals (eg provide them data on salt in products, meat...)

4.1.2. Develop a narrative around: "The wikipedia of the Food Industry", opening little secrets...

4.2. In the scientific community?

4.2.1. Health

4.2.2. Nutrition

4.2.3. Computer science Student projects We can propose interesting problems to solve that students can drive and resolve. Improve ingredients recognition from photos Logos (Bio / Organic, Max Havelaar etc.) detection

4.3. On social networks

4.3.1. Regular posts about products being currently advertised, and a fact check against their OFF page.

4.3.2. Use Email Verification to promote the Google+ page within gmail :

4.4. in Education

4.4.1. projects with schools, universities Edit-a-Thons Coding projects, see above

4.5. In specialized conferences, exhibitions...

4.5.1. Le Salon de l'Agriculture

4.5.2. AgroIndustry Exhibitions

4.5.3. OpenData/FOSS exhibitions

4.5.4. dieteticians fairs

4.6. Get listed on the Chrome Webstore

4.6.1. Take advantage of being a Chrome App by using various available APIs and distribution methods

4.7. Streamline social media posts

4.7.1. Sync Facebook and Twitter so that Twitter posts get posted to Facebook

4.7.2. Use a system (command line or anything) to post to all social networks at the same time

5. How can we promote reuse of the data?

5.1. Add interfaces for diet planners e.g. cron-o-meter, etc.

5.2. Contact Google to have the data integrated in the Knowledge Panels

5.3. Use microformats to make data discoverable by search engines

6. How can we improve the site?

6.1. Recruit more developers, not only contributors

7. How can we improve the mobile apps?

7.1. Features for users (and not just contributors)

7.1.1. Product comparator?

7.1.2. Barcode recognition-based cookingTimer which uses the recommended cooking time on OpenFoodFacts or prompts it if not available

7.1.3. Don't be afraid to prompt for contributions via notifications

7.2. How can we boost international versions and communities?

7.2.1. Create a taskforce for each language A few highly motivated persons who coordinate actions between themselves to create strong communities in each language and/or country If interested to be part of a taskforce, please add yourself in the Taskforce for "Open Food Facts in [language]" below.

7.2.2. Complete translation of the interface

7.2.3. Launch international versions of the mobile apps (or better: support multiple languages) detect user location and change target upload OFF accordingly ?

7.2.4. Create local versions of the Open Food Facts blog with news etc.

7.2.5. Create local "missions"

7.2.6. Present project outside France barcamps Local contributors can present, and/or foreign contributors could travel

7.2.7. Reach local organizations SlowFood

7.2.8. Open Food Facts in English Complete translation of Terms of Use, Legal etc.

7.2.9. Open Food Facts in Spanish Taskforce Javichu

7.2.10. Open Food Facts in German Visit Barcamp Nürnberg

7.2.11. Open Food Facts in Italian Visit SlowFood HQ in Torino

7.2.12. Open Food Facts in Arabic

7.2.13. Make the App icons more prominent on the Website (not at the bottom of the page !)

7.2.14. Use the social networks to promote direct app install, on a regular basis

7.3. native apps

7.3.1. take advantage of notifications to prompt for contributions

7.3.2. geolocalize product input to propose autofill

7.3.3. rotate barcode sanely with device rotation

7.3.4. look and feel more robust, fast and integrated reduce learning time as app become more sophisticated

8. How can we build stronger contributor communities?

8.1. Add value to contribution (status for example, see StackOverflow point system)

9. How can you edit this mind map?

9.1. Please do edit, add and comment on this mindmap!

9.2. You can create a free account to edit the map:

9.3. This mind map started on January 18th 2013.

9.4. This is an evolving roadmap, you can edit it anytime

10. How can we improve the existing data?

10.1. Harmonize brands, categories, labels, packaging etc.

10.1.1. Categories Under way in French

10.1.2. Ingredients

10.1.3. Reward merging and make it super easy and fun to merge Part of the app where the system asks yes/no questions for suspected duplicates.

10.2. Add more data

10.2.1. Additives Origin, risk levels etc.

10.3. Move to Wikidata

10.4. Link data with Freebase/Wikidata (using Brands and Companies)

11. How can we make adding products easier or faster?

11.1. Get inspired by Amazon Mechanical Turk?

11.1.1. I'm not familiar with it, any examples of ideas / UI design / processes etc. that we could draw inspiration from ? -- Stephane

11.1.2. it's basing turning all the work to do in very simple jobs, doable by anyone, even with French knowledge

11.1.3. You can gamify it and give it to volunteers or give the small jobs to Amazon mechanical turk, and people will do them for a couple of euro cents

11.2. Radically simplify the UI

11.2.1. use the HTML5 API to let desktop users take photos

11.2.2. Use design cues from Wikipedia to reduce learning time position of login/logout position of international version position of special pages ...

11.2.3. In the Awards thing, let people click on the given example to add them to the field. I can't be bothered to type AB each time.

11.2.4. Reduce the length of the page so that you can always have the packaging for reference without having to scroll. Otherwise, the fields that can't be seen alongside the packaging are less likely to be filled (for a coynter example, look at what is done for nutrition data)

12. Who is interested in contributing and discussing this roadmap?

12.1. Please add your name (or userid on OFF)

12.1.1. Stéphane Gigandet - stephane

12.1.2. Manu1400

12.1.3. Grégoire Japiot

12.1.4. Javichu

12.1.5. Minchetas

12.2. Would you be interested to discuss it by video conference? (e.g. on Google+)

12.2.1. Stéphane Gigandet

12.2.2. Manu1400

12.2.3. Grégoire Japiot

12.3. Would you be interested to meet in Paris in February?

12.3.1. Stéphane Gigandet

12.3.2. Manu1400

12.3.3. David Bourguignon

13. What cool things could we do with the data?

13.1. Dataviz

13.1.1. New graphs that show the actual colors of food coloring in products e.g. in scatter plot or pie charts

13.2. Add geographical info as much as possible (link with Open Street Map)

13.2.1. Represent in a map a category of products to see their regional distribution: citrics, oliva oils, wines, beers...

13.2.2. Trying to encourage local food consumption: e.g. following the California's 100 miles movement, place in a map a cicle surrounding your site with a 100 miles (or km) distance and the products inside that circle. More concentric circles can be added at diferent distances: 300 km, 1000 km...

14. Special projects

14.1. Aspartame

14.1.1. See

14.2. Differences in products from one country/region to another

14.2.1. Europe & Africa

14.2.2. France & French Carribean

14.2.3. Spain and Latin America

14.3. Meat Scandal: where does the ingredient in a product come from ?

14.4. Partner with health organisations

14.4.1. Salt

14.4.2. Obesity

15. How can we recruit more contributors?

15.1. Target specific communities who can be interested by some aspects of the data we are gathering

15.1.1. Quantified Self community Dedicated food log app?

15.1.2. Collectors e.g. sodas, cans, sardines...

15.1.3. Groups with special dietary needs e.g.vegetarians/vegans, celiacs, lactose intolerance, Halal, Kosher, Atkins diet...

15.1.4. Add an app to track BestBefore dates, what's in your fridge, what you should buy, and prompt for data input if not available. If Available, prompt for photos/whatever on a random basis to avoid annoying the user too much

15.1.5. dieteticians

15.1.6. Consumer associations (UFC Que Choisir, and their members and networks)

15.2. Enable connection using the Wikipedia authentification, OpenID, Google, Facebook and Twitter

16. What else can we open besides food?

16.1. Wine

16.2. Cosmetics

16.3. Prescription drugs

16.4. ?

17. Open Food Facts roadmap This is a mind map to create the 2013 roadmap for Open Food Facts, a free, collaborative and open food products database : #opendata This mindmap also exists in French: The 2 mind maps will be kept in synch (manually), you can contributer to either of them. Or if you can, it's even better to add your contributions to both.

18. How can we get rid of the Big Bad Backlog ?

18.1. Add missions related to completing items

18.1.1. Nutrition data finder: Crops images for nutrition data

18.1.2. Ingredients finder: Crops images for ingredients

18.1.3. Brand Maniac: Add 10 missing brands to products

18.1.4. Add a mission for each missing field

18.2. Gamify item edition

18.2.1. Create a custom page where the system asks: Can you see a "Biologique" logo on any of these images, How much does the product weight ? …

18.2.2. Ask the same question to several people Validate data if they agree on the value

18.3. Allow mass edit

18.4. Make assumptions to mass fill some fields

18.4.1. Dia products are sold in Dia

18.4.2. Auchan products are sold in Auchan

18.4.3. …

18.5. Add this link to the left sidebar: and name it: help us complete the products