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Interoperability and Blockchains in Agrifood
23 mai 2018 @ 11 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min
Blockchain technology (BCT) has been much hyped as a solution to all ills in many different sectors of industry including the agrifood sector. Supposedly BCT will enable total transparency, total privacy, immutability and through smart contracts “distributed autonomous organisations.” Proposed applications for blockchain technology in the agrifood domain include supply chain tracking and tracing, tracking of food certifications, and environmental reporting. In this talk, we will consider these and other use cases and identify certain inherent contradictions in the application of this technology to the agrifood sector. We argue instead that the real challenges for data sharing can only be addressed by far greater use of semantics, greater agreement on data models, combined with an appropriate understand of the right kind of architectures and data governance. Blockchain technology may eventually play a minor role in managing such an architecture’s metadata.