Patch Worked Digital Infrastructure in the Maritime Industry.

H. Z. Hendrikssen, Stefan Henningsson, Boriana Rukanova, Yao-hua Tan

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Transportation of horticultural products from Africa to Europe entails numerous challenges. This study of a large European importer of perishable goods in The Netherlands presents complexities of the physical flows of the goods along with information flows related to the goods. Throughout the journey of horticultural products public and private stakeholders in different countries contribute to the production and exchange of data, information, and heavy load. Based on data from a longitudinal research project focusing on global supply-chains the paper aims at providing a mapping of the numerous actors which contribute to the journey of the goods as well as the production of information travelling with the goods. The objective of the mapping is to illustrate the complexity of the infrastructure including the potentially overlapping and competing digital infrastructures of private and public actors. The mapping serves as a tool for highlighting aspects which challenge the forming of governance structures for information infrastructures in international trade where transparency of processes are crucial for a successful outcome of the transactions. The study suggests that at present international transporting of horticultural products from the grower to the consumer is dependent of a patch worked digital infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 5th Innovation in Information Infrastructures (III) Workshop
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event5th Innovation in Information Infrastructures (III) Workshop - Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 Nov 20179 Nov 2017


Conference5th Innovation in Information Infrastructures (III) Workshop


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