2- In the future: A centralized key system for tracking unique ids for each record between various systems. For the time being, http://www.freebase.com/ will be used as the central key value store of choice.
Clean Format is the Food Data Rosetta Stone
This data format was created to support rapid application development with high data integrity. It was built to make hackathon projects easier to develop because of easy access to data and easy data mashups. Ultimately, once ratified by key industry players, it will be used as a database interconnect standard.
This is a free to use (and free to modify for your own use) format for sharing data between computer systems.
It will also be used as the basis for other initiatives which will take a more complete approach to addressing the problems above. In other words, just formatting the data won't solve all of our problems..
Send updates from your database to another database
Ensure that the object in your database matches another (restaurant, menu, menu item, ingredient, etc)
Initial Draft Specification (and example hack) - Tech Crunch Disrupt & BarCampNYC6 - Late May 2011
Lessons Learned Briefing - June
First Full Application(s) - June / early July
Enhancements & Additions - August
Standard RC 1 - End of summer
Comment Period for Standard RC 1 - September
Standard v 1.0 - Fall 2011
The initial specifications will be based in part on existing industry standards (draft RDFa specs, schema.org, Open Graph, Open Menu) and in part on existing database schema of initial supporters of the format. Once a few applications have been created and we have a chance to address any performance, compatibility, legal or business concerns, we will then approach a targeted list of industry heavyweights to ratify and utilize the standard.
We're inviting broad industry participation in the creation of this standard interconnect format. If you have a personal interest in food data, or if your company has food data to share, feel free to get involved.
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