One of the barriers to exchanging data is often that parties do not know each other sufficiently, and therefore are not able to share data. Often this can only be done after some form of contract has been established.
Within the iSHARE network, it is the explicit aim to make it possible to exchange data for parties that are unknown to each other based on delegations. A delegation within iSHARE functions as evidence that a party is directly or indirectly operating in name of a known party. Based on the delegation a certain (unknown) party has given, a party can decide if this party may receive certain data or not.
- Party A hires Trucking Company B to deliver Container X to Party C. Trucking Company B's ERP system asks Party C's ERP system at what time it should deliver the container. Party C's ERP system does not know Trucking Company B, but can check the delegation to Trucking Company B that Party A has registered at Authorisation Registry D. Because this delegation is in order, Party C's ERP system shares a time slot with Trucking Company B's ERP.
This example is detailed under use cases.