Chemical industry organisation restructures

14 October 2008

The Chemical Industry Data Exchange announced that it would transition the organisation’s operational and governance roles to Open Application Group (OAGi) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Chemical IT Centre (ChemITC) by the end of the year, pending a vote by CIDX members in November.

The chemical industry will vote on the CIDX proposal in November
The chemical industry will vote on the CIDX proposal in November

The global trade and standards organisation developed the plan in response to the chemical industry’s need to more fully develop cross-industry standards to facilitate eBusiness with its customers outside the chemical sector. The plan calls for CIDX to transfer operational control to OAGi and governance to the ChemITC beginning January 2009.

Under the proposal, the Chem eStandards will remain free, and new cross-industry standards from OAGi will also be free.

OAGi is a not-for-profit standards development organisation focused on building cross-industry standards. The group has a body of work related to cross-industry business standards and an extensive number of manufacturing industry members that are key customers to the chemical sector. The CIDX Core Components project team has worked with OAGi for several years.

Under the proposed transition, CIDX will transfer its intellectual property and assets to OAGi, and OAGi will create a new Chemical Industry Council to provide ongoing support and maintenance for the Chem eStandards and other CIDX intellectual property transferred to OAGi. This new Industry Council also will assign volunteers for projects related to new cross-industry standards.

The ChemITC is a subgroup of the ACC that is focused on industry-specific technology needs and challenges. The group includes a CIO Roundtable comprised of industry CIOs that meet regularly and, as part of this proposed agreement, would form an eBusiness Program to provide prioritisation, direction setting and field volunteers for OAGi project work.

‘Since 1985, the chemical industry, through CIDX, has been hugely successful in developing and implementing chemical industry standards,’ said CIDX board chair, Tony D’Alessandro, also executive director of Global Systems and Information Services at Rohm and Haas. ‘The motivation for this proposal is to enable the chemical industry to effectively pursue cross-industry standardisation while minimising the financial commitments of CIDX members.’

CIDX members can continue to participate on cross-industry standards development in multiple ways. They can join OAGi directly (ideally at the Chemical Industry Council level to obtain benefits similar to CIDX). Alternatively they can joining ACC and ChemITC and volunteer to sit on the eBusiness Program that will provide representation to the OAGi Chemical Industry Council.

Current CIDX projects that are not related to eBusiness standards, such as RFID, will be brought to the ChemITC in an effort to determine where the work will best be accomplished.

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