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Article: A Framework for Developing Social Networks Enabling Systems to Enhance the Transparency and Visibility of Cross-border Food Supply Chains

TitleA Framework for Developing Social Networks Enabling Systems to Enhance the Transparency and Visibility of Cross-border Food Supply Chains
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherGlobal Science and Technology Forum.
Global Science and Technology Forum. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.globalsciencejournals.com/journal/40601
Citation
GSTF Journal on Computing (JoC), 2014, v. 3 n. 4, p. 132-144 How to Cite?
AbstractDemands on safe, high-quality and healthy food are unprecedentedly increasing in both emerging economies and advanced countries. Food safety incidents and scandals, frequently breaking out around the world, are significantly reducing the confidence of consumers in food safety and quality. It is even more difficult to achieve the full transparency, visibility and traceability of dynamic cross-border and global food supply chains, which is critical to ensure food safety and quality, due to: the personalization and globalization of consumer demands; the diversities of food products, raw materials and ingredients; the loose relationships between food business partners; the technology and resource barriers in aligning business processes, coordinating and sharing information; and the changing government supervision mechanisms and standards. Social networking technologies and social software are promising enablers to facilitate end consumers, food companies and government agencies to participate in open discussion, comments and feedback on the quality and safety of cross-border foods. They are able to connect, interact, communicate and collaborate with each other in loose, open, effective and flexible ways for enhancing the transparency and visibility of cross-border and global food supply chains through collective wisdom and intelligence. In this paper a framework is proposed for developing social networks enabling food traceability systems, which not only leverages enterprise applications, public service platforms for food quality, safety and traceability operated by government or industrial associations, but utilizes such emerging technologies as Internet-of-Things, social analytic and mobile technologies to ease interactive communication and collaboration between various stakeholders of food chains. Guidelines, architectures, use scenarios, and technology alternatives for implementing the traceability systems are also discussed in this work. A prototype, titled OSCM-FD, is being implemented and pilots are being conducted to verify the validity of the proposed framework.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199853

 

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dc.contributor.authorXu, Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorZhao, VPen_US
dc.contributor.authorShan, Len_US
dc.contributor.authorHuang, CXen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T01:42:36Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-22T01:42:36Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationGSTF Journal on Computing (JoC), 2014, v. 3 n. 4, p. 132-144en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199853-
dc.description.abstractDemands on safe, high-quality and healthy food are unprecedentedly increasing in both emerging economies and advanced countries. Food safety incidents and scandals, frequently breaking out around the world, are significantly reducing the confidence of consumers in food safety and quality. It is even more difficult to achieve the full transparency, visibility and traceability of dynamic cross-border and global food supply chains, which is critical to ensure food safety and quality, due to: the personalization and globalization of consumer demands; the diversities of food products, raw materials and ingredients; the loose relationships between food business partners; the technology and resource barriers in aligning business processes, coordinating and sharing information; and the changing government supervision mechanisms and standards. Social networking technologies and social software are promising enablers to facilitate end consumers, food companies and government agencies to participate in open discussion, comments and feedback on the quality and safety of cross-border foods. They are able to connect, interact, communicate and collaborate with each other in loose, open, effective and flexible ways for enhancing the transparency and visibility of cross-border and global food supply chains through collective wisdom and intelligence. In this paper a framework is proposed for developing social networks enabling food traceability systems, which not only leverages enterprise applications, public service platforms for food quality, safety and traceability operated by government or industrial associations, but utilizes such emerging technologies as Internet-of-Things, social analytic and mobile technologies to ease interactive communication and collaboration between various stakeholders of food chains. Guidelines, architectures, use scenarios, and technology alternatives for implementing the traceability systems are also discussed in this work. A prototype, titled OSCM-FD, is being implemented and pilots are being conducted to verify the validity of the proposed framework.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherGlobal Science and Technology Forum.en_US
dc.publisherGlobal Science and Technology Forum. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.globalsciencejournals.com/journal/40601-
dc.relation.ispartofGSTF Journal on Computing (JoC)en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleA Framework for Developing Social Networks Enabling Systems to Enhance the Transparency and Visibility of Cross-border Food Supply Chainsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailXu, J: frankxu@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailZhao, VP: vzhao@eti.hku.hken_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.7603/s40601-013-0051-8en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros231365en_US
dc.identifier.volume3en_US
dc.identifier.spage132en_US
dc.identifier.epage144en_US
dc.publisher.placeSingaporeen_US

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