Genomic Epidemiology Ontology

Working together to develop a more comprehensive controlled vocabulary for infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigations

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FoodOn inaugural paper published in Nature Partner Journals Science of Food

The FoodOn consortium is happy to announce our paper that describes the history, current design and future direction of the FoodOn ontology. It is titled “FoodOn: a harmonized food ontology to increase global food traceability, quality control and data integration” and is available as a pdf at or on web as 

The website has also been updated to a WordPress install to provide better documentation for FoodOn ontology in the coming year!

FoodOn resource part of nutritional studies ontology

FoodOn ingredients are being used in “ONS: an ontology for a standardized description of interventions and observational studies in nutrition”; see:

Just published: our article on contextual data for improved food safety and surveillance

GenEpiO and FoodOn harmonize important laboratory, clinical and epidemiological data fields, as well as existing food resources, to support Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)-based tracking and control foodborne disease. See how in a Special Topics Frontiers in Microbiology, “Game Changer: Next Generation Sequencing and its Impact on Food Microbiology” article.

Article: Context Is Everything: Harmonization of Critical Food Microbiology Descriptors and Metadata for Improved Food Safety and Surveillance
Find it here:

FoodOn is at the conference!

Attend the “Semantic Web of Food” session on Monday May 8th in Milan and hear the latest about FoodOn!

March 9, 2017: The FoodOn ontology alpha is launched!

After many months of work the new FoodOn farm to fork food ontology Alpha has been launched on GitHub at: This ontology feeds into GenEpiO in a few ways – by providing lists of plant and animal foods implicated in outbreaks or for routine sampling, as well as more detailed descriptors about how food products are preserved, cooked, or otherwise handled.

Launching the GenEpiO project website and consortium

The GenEpiO Project website has been launched! The site aims to provide a focal point for information about the GenEpiO project and associated GenEpiO consortium information. We look forward to working with all consortium members.