Sharing

Sharing

As indicated elsewhere you can share SDS content and/or underlying data. If sharing, you need to know how to set it up to precisely suit your needs. 

Sharing SDS content and sharing data

  1. Sharing SDS content is for the distribution tier of the chemical industry
  2. Sharing data between authors is entirely within the production tier of the chemical industry.

Below there are three tables, one for SDS sharing and the other two for data sharing. To help understand things, here is some terminology we use:

  • Licensor is the originator of both data and SDS. Also known as Owner
  • Licensee is the user of the SDS content or substance data or (occasionally) both
  • Free means no-one pays anyone anything but the sharing is still subject to license conditions.
  • Fee (or non-free) means the Licensee pays. The amount per substance per year hasn't been finalised but it will be small. The fee is always split 50:50 between Licensor and SharedSDS. That equal split recognises Licensor intellectual property and SharedSDS service platform.
  • The relationship between Licensor and Licensee is determined by the license selected. The license wording is contained in a relationship record in the database. Occasionally there will be multiple relationships.
  • Wrapper is the Licensee's information wrapped around the Licensor's SDS content. It includes supplier contact details and logo. Presumably both parties agree on the logo to be used.

SDS sharing

Licensee
SDS sharing granularity *
Data access
 
 Entire
company
Single
Division
Single
Substance
View
data
Edit
data
Free
In-house
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Subsidiary
Yes Yes N/A No No Yes
Distributor
Yes Yes N/A No No No **

 

*  See asterisk below for sharing granularity
** Could be yes

 

Data sharing

Data sharing for peer producers is valuable. Some producers will be competitors but most will be customers for raw materials used in manufacturing or blending new products.

The two data sharing styles are shown below in two tables. One is to license the company's data by division or company-wide to a particular Licensee (first table below). The other is to make data available but not necessarily viewable on a substance-by-substance basis (second table below).

Shared data will allow others to originate new mixtures which incorporate individual substances as ingredients. The benefit of data sharing is having authoritative, maintained data instead of possibly stale SDS info. 

Customer centric

Licensee
Data sharing granularity *
Data access
 
 Entire
company
Single
Division
Single
Substance
View
data
Edit
data
Free
In-house
Yes No N/A Yes Yes Yes
Subsidiary
Yes Yes N/A Yes No Yes
External
Yes Yes N/A Yes No No **

 

* SharedSDS recommends entire company sharing but if that is inappropriate, substances which should not have their SDS content licensed should be housed in a separate Division. This would require an admin overhead for the Licensor of managing multiple divisional licenses. 
** Could be Yes

Single substance data

Data sharing for individual substances is given effect by the owner setting a flag on a substance (or mixture) record which permits such data sharing for formulators in the production tier of the industry. The default setting is to not share which means to rely on licensed data sharing relationships with specified companies as outlined in the above two tables. The two other settings ("Open data" and "Ingredient" data below) enable visible or invisible single substance sharing:

Licensing for single substance data sharing is executed in the Base License between SharedSDS and every company using the system. Sharing is optional for all and does not need additional licensing.

 Substance centric

Access flag
Data sharing granularity
Data access
 
 Entire
company
Single
Division
Single
Substance
View
data
Edit
data
Free
Open data
N/A N/A Yes Yes No No ***
Ingredient
N/A N/A Yes No No No ***

 

*** For some companies not wishing to charge for access to their underlying data, it will always be possible to establish free shared data relationships with their customers.