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Research Project: USDA Food Data System Information Technologies for External Users

Location: Nutrient Data Laboratory

Project Number: 8040-52000-064-35-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 15, 2017
End Date: Sep 14, 2021

Objective:
To implement changes to update and modernize the IT infrastructure of the Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory (FCMDL), the Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) and Food Surveys Research Group (FSRG), specifically, integrating all ARS systems into the USDA Food Data System (FooDS). The focus will be on developing and evaluating usability of an external portal to access FooDS.

Approach:
1. Development of interactive external portal for access to FooDS. 2. Facilitate research on how to share and utilize data related to food composition, food and dietary analyses across laboratories, agricultural and health information. 3. Collect data on utilization of FooDS by academia, consumers, industry, private sector and government and on changes in food composition over time; assess impact on best practice guidelines and public health policy. 4. Incorporate applications developed by 3rd party vendors/organizations into the new database. 5. Provide technical assistance in validation and verification of applications including the NDL Formulation Program, the FSRG Processor, and the FCMDL DNA and chemical fingerprint database. 6. Other collaborative work as mutually agreed upon including possible modification of modules within the database. 7. Solicit user feedback regarding usability of the portal for input of data as well as access data as needed for research purposes.