Technology-driven dietary assessment: a software developer's perspective

J Hum Nutr Diet. 2014 Jan;27 Suppl 1(0 1):10-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01255.x. Epub 2012 May 16.


Dietary researchers need new software to improve nutrition data collection and analysis, although the creation of information technology is difficult. Software development projects may be unsuccessful as a result of an inadequate understanding of needs, management problems, technology barriers or legal hurdles. Cost over-runs and schedule delays are common. Barriers facing scientific researchers developing software include workflow, cost, schedule and team issues. Different methods of software development and the role that intellectual property rights play are discussed. A dietary researcher must carefully consider multiple issues to maximise the likelihood of success when creating new software.

Keywords: childhood eating behaviour; dietary assessment; technology-based dietary assessment (TBDA).

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet Records*
  • Diet Surveys*
  • Diet*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Software*