Disclosing impacts while protecting intellectual property or proprietary data is often a dilemma. For instance, suppliers are often reluctant to share environmental data due to Intellectual Property concerns.
Now, buyers and sellers can calculate footprints easily, reliably and with granular security to protect IP. Users can calculate, analyze, and share the environmental performance of their products using the same background models and methods, without having to reveal confidential information. That way data is comparable and reliable, yet avoids conflicting interests.
Here's how Makersite solves that problem.
- Public scientific data is free and open by default.
- Commercial data is accessible through premium subscriptions.
- Your own, newly created data is private by default.
Makersite brings together open, commercial and private data in a single system. That's helpful because one must often combine open and protected data together to describe and analyze a single product.
Your private data
What you chose to share and with whom is up to you. You can share with no one (mysite), some people (teamsite) or everyone (makersite). Note: your private data is still connected to calculate results, it's just not visible to others.
Which part of your BOM or Recipe gets shared is also up to you. Makersite is the only system where you can select what you share, line-by-line. We call that "Object Level Privacy". That way Intellectual Property ("IP"), such as a particular recipe, is protected by default.
Let's take a look how that works. I the screenshot below we picked Paint as an example and selected "Inputs" to see its recipe. Notice the column labelled "Private". Here is where you can set whether an information object is private or not.
A GLOBE means its open. A SHIELD means its locked. Simply click on it to change its state.
Notice the red circle around "Makersite". This means that this particular formulation and its calculated impacts are shared with everyone on Makersite. However, the three locked ingredients are not shown or shared.
That way the Intellectual Property ("IP"), of this particular recipe is protected, yet the impact calculations are shared. This is particularly useful when working with suppliers on compliance or environmental footprints.