ECLIC Operating Principles

The following data management operating principles are essential for realizing trusted and secure digital collaboration in transport & logistics through the creation of connected platforms:

1. Single Source of Truth

Data is entered at the source and only once by the party that creates/generates the data.

2. Ownership

The party that provides the data remains data owner through the entire chain from initial creation to deletion of the data from the platform. Data cannot be (re)used or analyzed by any IT vendor or actor without a clear consent of the data provider.

3. Control

The party that provides the data decides who can use the data for which purpose and can alter that decision at any time. For ECLIC solutions and Use cases, the company subscribers pre-agree to “data sharing and visibility rules” to ensure the “end to end” Use Case process can function.

4. Accountability

The party that owns the data is accountable for the correctness of the data. They also have the responsibility to update data if it was not accurate initially or at any time during the lifecycle of the data-element in question. Clear rules need to be established around liability and the limitation thereof in case data turns out to be incorrect, either in error or on purpose. In the latter case, sanctions should be agreed.

5. purpose

Protocol/standards/data-model/ontology & semantics for data-exchanges are driven by specific use cases that support transport and handling of chemicals in all its aspects and is supported through modern IT-infrastructure (APIs, federated platform, …). Shared data can not be collected and re-used for other purposes (e.g. new logistics services) without consent of the data owner.

6. Technology independent

A uniform “plug and play” connection to the IT-infrastructure platforms should be established that supports each individual use case best and without the risk of a lock-in vendor situation.

7. Security

The IT-infrastructure chosen complies with best-in-class cybersecurity and privacy (GDPR compliant). ECLIC Use Case subscribers can ask for an independent cybersecurity audits of the IT infrastructure on request and at their own cost.

8. Data-storage

Storage of transactional data on any common cloud services platform is limited and the amount of data storage can be defined per actor relative to the data storage risks and liabilities accepted by each actor.  

9. Neutral

Build an open, not for profit, orchestrated and sustainable digital environment with representation of all data provides to co-create and build new digital Use Cases together.

10. Federated platform IT-architecture

The ECLIC platform solution is not build on one IT platform provider to avoid a “locked-in” scenario. To support future growth and new Use Case functionalities, the ECLIC association is facilitating the engagement with new IT platforms to form a connected network of platforms and provided such new platforms add value to the ECLIC vision, agree to the ECLIC collaboration principles, data governance rules and ECLIC legal terms and conditions.