Contribute to Open Food Facts
Open Food Facts exists thanks to the citizens who give their time and talent in many different activities. We are a large international family that gives a unique character to this beautiful project, made for all, by all! 🌍✨
To facilitate the involvement of our contributors and allow the project to grow in a more dynamic way, we are setting up a Contributors Skill Pool, as well as teams of volunteers by theme.
✅ The aim is to match your skills and interests to the needs of the project.
Whether you are already a very involved contributor or have just arrived and want to participate, we invite you to fill in the form below. (All personal data you enter will be kept confidential and used only by the permanent team to contact you).Contributors Skill Pool form in ENG/FR
Everyone can contribute
Be part of our collaborative, free and open source database of food products from around the world!
Open Food Facts is a non-profit project made entirely by volunteers, we do need you.
No smartphone? No problem: you can also use your camera to add products directly on the web site.
We need to categorize products and extract ingredients lists and nutrition facts to analyze their nutritional quality, determine if they are suitable for vegans and vegetatarians and much more!
You can help us complete products by selecting and cropping photos and filling in information.
Tell the world
Do you like Open Food Facts? Tell others about it!
You can present the project to your family and friends, show them how to install the app and contribute, write a blog post, and share Open Food Facts on social media.
Expert help needed
Developing Open Food Facts also requires specialized knowledge and expertise in many different areas:
We have tons of ideas and you probably have even more, but it is quite a challenge to prioritize them, to build a roadmap, and to manage projects when every participant is a volunteer with often limited time available.
We need help to build a better user experience on the Open Food Facts web site and mobile app, to improve their design, to create impactful presentation materials etc.
We have a lot of development work to do. On the Open Food Facts backend (Perl and MongoDB), API (JSON), web site (templatized HTML5, JS, Foundation), our Flutter mobile app for iOS and Android, but also to build new cool reuses etc. We have SDK projects in many programming languages to ensure anyone can reuse and contribute to Open Food Facts, in any language. We also have a growing Artificial Intelligence effort to simplify contribution work. Our code is on GitHub.
We need to build local communities in all countries and at the same time unite them globally.
It is very difficult to bootstrap a local community in a country without living there, so your help to find the first very motivated participants is essential. Are you one of them?
We are not sure what to write here, could you help?
More seriously, there are lot of cool things that users, contributors and reusers do with Open Food Facts, it would be great to get more people to know about it. In particular, we need help for public and media relations.
There are lots of interesting and original applications of food open data that we could work on with government food agencies, food producers, researchers, universities, schools, NGOs etc. Maybe you already have ideas? If you do, please help us to push them forward.
A lot of ideas, energy and enthusiasm are shared in our contributors community, join us!
Here are some places where you can meet other contributors, talk to them and work with them:
Slack is the best way to interact and collaborate with other contributors, developers and reusers. It's a discussion forum you can access from your browser or your phone. It completely changed how we work together. Please try it, click here to get invited to our Slack.
We have Facebook groups for Open Food Facts contributors in many languages. Joining them is a good way to get news about the project and to share announcements to a wider audience.
We also have a wiki that we use to collaboratively document Open Food Facts and its sub-projects. From the wiki, you can learn how to help translate the multilingual information (categories, labels etc.) a food product might have (using what we call taxonomies). You can even help add a food category or a label that is not yet supported by Open Food Facts.
Make a difference
We have several important on-going operations, join us!
Here are some places where you can have impact now:
Let's weigh the packagings of common foods to discover how much impact we have.
Data quality effort
We have a data quality effort that you can join here. We meet monthly (details on the wikipage).
Your own operation
If you have an important topic, you are very welcome to organize your own operation. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many more ways to contribute to Open Food Facts, please join us on Slack and let's start the discussion!