TheFSM: a New EU Project Aiming to Boost the Competitiveness of European Food Certification

Sirma AI, trading as Ontotext, will contribute with its extensive technology expertise and its core products GraphDB and Ontotext Platform to the creation of a transparent and collaborative data-powered platform

Sofia/Bulgaria Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Food Safety Market: an SME-powered industrial data platform to boost the competitiveness of European food certification, or TheFSM for short, is a project funded by the European Commission H2020 programme, which began on 1 February 2020 and will end on 31 January 2023. It will be implemented by a consortium of 16 partners from eight EU countries.

TheFSM aims to address the business needs of everyone along the safe food supply chain – from farmers and food manufacturers to food distributors and retailers and certification bodies. Thanks to the innovative technologies that the partners will apply in building the platform, all stakeholders will have easier and more reliable access to data about food certification.

The project also plans to design, implement and validate a commercial strategy that will drive the adoption of TheFSM around the world. To this end, it will use state-of-the-art blockchain technologies and advanced semantic technologies to help data integration and interoperability. Multilinguality is another key feature of the project, offering multilinguality for data ontologies and textual information. The key technological innovations in the project also include big data indexing, processing and visualization capabilities for real-time data processing and food risk model execution, as well as a multi-sided data brokerage service.

By their participation in the project, Ontotext hopes to boost the application of semantic technology and knowledge graphs in the agri-food ecosystem. The semantic technology provider will lead the work on data modeling, interoperability, management and integration services. TheFSM will also use two of Ontotext’s core products – the leading RDF database GraphDB and Ontotext Platform for creating enterprise knowledge graphs.

To speed up digital innovation in this sector, the project will conduct 5 pilots in 10 countries (i.e., Greece, Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan), where food companies and their supply chain stakeholders will test, improve and drive the adoption of the data platform and the integrated software tools.

TheFSM’s ambition is to boost the competitiveness of European food certification by embracing innovative technologies to create an open and collaborative virtual environment that would facilitate data exchange between different participants in the certification process.

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For more information, contact Doug Kimball, Chief Marketing Officer at Ontotext