The project to establish the iSHARE Scheme was initiated by the Neutral Logistics Information Platform (NLIP), as part of the government programme 'Topsector Logistiek', through a tender project in 2016. NLIP requested market parties to present plans to lower barriers for more efficient data exchange in the Dutch logistics sector. The combination of the parties INNOPAY and Maxcode won the tender, with its plan to set-up a scheme of multilateral agreements instead of, for instance, a technology-centric approach relying on a software platform.
The establishment of the iSHARE Scheme was set out in 4 phases:
- Phase 1 (Jun 2016 - Jan 2017): Preparatory phase
Organisations were openly invited to participate in the iSHARE initiative which resulted in the so called 'startdocument v0.1'. Startdocument v0.1 provided the preliminary scope for the iSHARE Scheme based on identified challenges and use cases of involved organisations;
- Phase 2 (Part I: Jan 2017 - Jun 2017; part II: Jul 2017 - Dec 2017): Co-creation phase
Participating organisations worked collaboratively in Functional, Technical, Operational and Legal working groups towards the first full version of the iSHARE Scheme v1.0 (and later versions 1.2 and 1.5) a first full set of agreements for improved data exchanging conditions. Participating organisations also realised Proofs of Concept to verify the correct functional and technical working of the iSHARE Scheme;
- Phase 3 (Jan 2018 - Jun 2018): Soft launch phase
The involved organisations organise how the iSHARE Scheme's integrity and sustainability are kept in check. This involves establishing/designating an organisation entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard the integrity of the iSHARE Scheme;
- Phase 4 (Jul 2018 and onwards): iSHARE live
iSHARE opens up to any party interested and willing to abide by the agreements as set out by involved organisations.
iSHARE's co-creation partners come from a variety of backgrounds: private and public organisations, organisations of different sizes, (serving) different modalities, both providers and receivers of data, etc. This variety of organisations ensures that the iSHARE Scheme is widely applicable.