Hi there! I’m sorry it took me so much time to write that feedback after my calls with the Provenance team.
I have written all that I understood in that document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gnQah69bzQDhwcOgdkgJy58z2g9yHZZ8rEiRsZLffB0/edit?usp=sharing
@johba if you have anything to add / modify in that document please feel free
In two words, the idea of Provenance is to make visible a product tracability all along the supply chain, using an “avatar” going from hand to hand on the blockchain. The visibility can be made in a user friendly way, through an API for example, or a QR code and the different actors along the supply chain pop up in a visual way. For example, if you click on a banana, you could see the whole journey of the banana from the producer to the hub.
They use an open data platform for producers to share their data.
They are a social business based in London, still in experimental stage, so the idea is to see if what they are building can be of any interest for us to be connected with (now? later?).
That would be great if some of you could have a look and tell us if you find it interesting to experiment and see if that can be valuable for us or not at that stage. @lawrence maybe you would be interested
Potentially we could experiment in two ways:
- invite one supplier who would be interested to try out Provenance all along the supply chain (for example: one value driven importer, on only one specific product, like bananas, or lentils)
- propose the producers to try out the open data infrastructure. In “features”, “Build trust through open data”, “gather real time data” (https://www.provenance.org/features#pro)
I don’t know if we need those kind of tools to build up our product traceability/transparency system, but from my experience today with using OFN for a buying group, it’s a bit frustrating when the hub buys products to a distributor and we only see the name of the distributor, and not the final producer…
So it seems interesting to me to see what other value driven actors are building in that direction…
@Kirsten have you already had some ideas about product tracability all along the supply chain?
@eric what you mention is very interesting, we have started a discussion with @elf-pavlik and @lin_d_hop, also with people from The Food Assembly, about a potential research/action project on interoperability (working on open standards for producer’s and products taxonomy, notary services + API to enable applications to share data). I’ll open a thread on that topic soon