IFOW 2023 Integrated Food Ontology Workshop, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

The fourth annual Integrated Food Ontology Workshop (IFOW), a half-day workshop at the Formal Ontology in Information Systems Conference (FOIS) 2023 in Sherbrooke, Quebec July 17-20th, is now finished! The IFOW workshop was in 2 parts on Wednesday July 19th in the afternoon (2pm-3:30 EST; 4pm-5:30 EST). We had a total of about 27 attendees online and in-room!

Video of the two sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaBJ7XTv5RM

Motivated by FAIR data sharing mandates, academic, agricultural and public health agencies are adopting ontology in their research and data management and reporting infrastructure, often by way of emerging data sharing standards such as the Genomic Standards Consortium MIxS collection. It is one thing to have basic standardized term coverage of various food related domains – from organism anatomy and taxonomy, to food products, food safety properties, agricultural treatments, and food processing methods.  The next generation of data harmonization occurs at a higher level of modeling – the standardized data structures for modelling plant and animal trait genomics, agricultural practices, food processing, nutritional analysis, contaminant exposure and diet, health and disease related research.  What vocabulary, tool ecosystem and data models are needed to accomplish this modelling?  This workshop seeks to define the coverage of the different ecological, agricultural, nutritional, dietary, public health, one health surveillance, food security, and trade domains that food-related ontologies are modelling, and the use of data translation tools for bringing legacy data into the ontology fold. 

Presentation Sessions

July 19thPresentationAuthors
Session_12:00-3:30 pm EST, Chair Damion
The Periodic Table of Food: metadata harmonization from point-of-production to plate

Jenny Johana Gallo Franco, Sarah Brinkley, Marie Angelique Laporte, Maya Rajasekharan, Chi-Ming Chien, John de la Parra, Selena Ahmed, Jessica Prenni and Elizabeth Arnaud
Multilingual Labels for FoodOnKatherine Thornton, Kenneth Seals-Nutt and Mika Matsuzaki
FoodOn Update: Development of a template-driven animal food product hierarchy with precise anatomical and butchered part referencesAnoosha Sehar, Kai Blumberg, Damion Dooley and William Hsiao

Break3:30pm EST
Session_24:00-5:30 pm EST, Chair Damion
The Making of Things: FoodOn’s Recipe Document and Process ModelDamion Dooley
PO2/TransformON: a new domain ontology for integrating food, feed, bioproducts and waste in a circular and sustainable approachMagalie Weber, Patrice Buche, Liliana Ibanescu and Stéphane Dervaux
Ontology for Food Safety Hazards and Processes that Influence ThemSander van Leeuwen
Classifying Organizations for Food System Ontologies using Natural Language Processing

Tianyu Jiang, Sonia Vinogradova, Nathan Stringham, E. Louise Earl, Allan D. Hollander, Patrick Huber, Ellen Riloff, R. Sandra Schillo, Giorgio A. Ubbiali and Matthew Lange

Finalized presentation slides should be submitted to damion_dooley@sfu.ca by July 16th.

Presentation Submission Process

We encouraged submissions in all aforementioned areas, including:

  • Ontology in agriculture and the environment (modelling of crop treatments, field studies, farm practice, biosample testing for nutrient content, and impact of fertilizers, pesticides and toxins).
  • Ontology in nutrition and food science, technology, and engineering including food product biotransformation from fungi, and bacteria, and how they are taken in the body through dietary eating patterns, and nutrition, fermentation and metabolomic modelling.
  • Ontologies and their applications: How the public and private sector are using food related ontologies in their research and operations: database integration, process analysis, tools for ontology building, quality metrics.

The workshop accepted:

  • 1 page abstract required for 3-5 minute flash presentation
  • 2 page abstract for 10-15 minute presentation only (no paper in conference proceedings)
  • 6-14 page paper (including references) for presentation & paper in conference proceedings 

Abstracts and paper submissions are done by way of the FOIS paper submission form (login to EasyChair first) and must meet FOIS guidelines, namely abstracts and papers must be in pdf format, with papers including a maximum 300 word abstract. IOS publisher paper templates are available for IOS MS Word and Latex. The submission form will ask to categorize your submission (selections: Foundational Issues / Methodological Issues / Ontology-based Applications / Domain Ontologies) but this selection is not essential.

Key dates:

May 13:     Deadline for presentation abstract and paper submission
June 7:      Presentation / paper abstract acceptance
June 30:   Camera-ready deadline for papers going into conference proceedings
July 16: Final slide decks due for presentation
July 19: In-person conference (previously Thursday July 20th)

Organising Committee:

For further information, contact Damion Dooley (damion_dooley@sfu.ca).