Building a certification and inspection data infrastructure to promote transparent markets
This article reports on data architecture that reduces information asymmetries to support public-private collaboration to govern product certification and inspection for promoting transparent markets and building consumer trust. The data architecture is a proof-of-concept set of data standards called the Certification and Inspection Data Infrastructure Building Block (CIDIBB) for data storage, retrieval, sharing and automated reasoning of data that can be used to respond the question: what constitutes a trustworthy certification and inspection process? CIDIBB consists of three interrelated ontologies, focusing specifically on certified fair-trade coffee that has the potential to become universally applicable to any certification and inspection process for products or services. The evaluation results suggest that CIDIBB is able to test the trustworthiness of certification schemes, providing consistent results. CIDIBB will contribute to support public-private collaboration to solve public problems such as the promotion of sustainable production and fair labor practices.
International Journal of Electronic Government Research
Luciano, Joanne S.; Sayogo, Djoko; Ran, Weijia; DePaula, Nic; Jarman, Holly; Tayi, Giri; Zhang, Jing; Hrdinova, Jana; Pardo, Theresa; Andersen, Deborah Lines; Andersen, David F.; and Luna-Reyes, Luis Felipe, "Building a certification and inspection data infrastructure to promote transparent markets" (2017). School of Management. 8.