Positioning of Interoperability in Food Chain

  • Kai Mertins
  • Frank-Walter Jaekel
  • Quan Deng
Conference paper
Part of the Proceedings of the I-ESA Conferences book series (IESACONF, volume 5)


Higher food quality and more dynamic food chain environment have resulted in new challenges for food traceability. In order to meet these challenges, traditional food traceability frameworks need to be evolved. This paper introduced environment of a dynamic food chain network. It addressed limitations to current traceability frameworks, thus determined researches to be done in the future. For semantic interoperability, ontology configuration based integration approach is introduced, which is based on the concept of hybrid ontology. This approach is supposed to be more flexible and should lead to business alignment, which adapts various traceability needs in the supply chain network. In short, this paper will lead to a credible, transparent food chain network.


Food supply chain network Traceability Interoperability Ontology Food quality Culture Credibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute Production Systems and Design TechnologyBerlinGermany

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