Governance

The Open 3P data standard has been developed to answer the data needs of the packaging industry. To ensure that the standard represents all stakeholders a comprehensive set of governance arrangements has been developed - to main trust, integrity and fairness.

Open Data Manchester CIC (ODM) is a not-for-profit organisation that acts as the Data Standard Holding Body (DSHB) for Open 3P data standard. It holds the intellectual property rights (IP) of the standard and is an independent and neutral entity. It is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that has an ‘asset lock’, a legal mechanism that prevents predatory take over of its assets by third parties.

ODM’s role as the DSHB is five-fold.

  • It holds the standard in an asset-lock.
  • It develops and maintains the standard on behalf of the Standard Custodian Board (SCB).
  • It provides secretariat services to the SCB.
  • It provides support services to individuals and organisations that want to adopt and exploit the potential of the data standard.
  • It underpins the sustainability of the standard, through generating income.

The SCB ensures that the standard is developed for and on-behalf of the packaging value chain. The board consists of industry stakeholders, domain and technical experts and is chaired by ODM. The board is elected through an open process with board members holding post for a maximum of three continuous years before stepping down for reelection.

Development of the standard follows a strict governance process where changes are either submitted to the board through the DSHB, the SCB itself or through external petition. Changes are assessed and if deemed to be beneficial are circulated for consultation. After the consultation period expires, the changes are then re-assessed and adopted if agreed. The SCB then mandates the DSHB to implement the change.

All proceedings and documents relating to the governance arrangements of the Open 3P standard can be found either below or on the Proceedings page. Meetings are quarterly with agenda, related documents circulated to the board 30 days before the meeting.

From the 28th November 2023  standard governance is overseen by the SCB. The SCB formerly took over from the interim Standard Custodian Board (iSCB) consisting of project partners involved in the development of the standard and its parent project (PPP).

Secretariat services are provided by Open Data Manchester CIC secretariat@open3p.org