CDL:Community Charter

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Community agreement
Status 
Specifies a release status, e.g. of a business rule. The following status levels are defined in the Corporate Data League:
  • IDEA: Informal description of e.g. a business rule that is to be further detailed.
  • DRAFT: Completely defined concept (e.g. business rule) that is not yet released and still under construction.
  • UNDER REVIEW: Completely defined concept (e.g. business rule) which is "freezed" (i.e. not editable, only comments are allowed) and reviewed by a dedicated Business Rules Steward.
  • PLANNED: The concept (e.g. roadmap item) is scheduled to be released at a given date.
  • RELEASED: The concept (e.g. business rule or roadmap item) is used in stable CDL services and apps.
  • DEACTIVATED: The concept (e.g. business rule) is disabled but may be re-activated in the future.
  • ARCHIVED: The concept (e.g. business rule) is disabled because it is no longer relevant from a business perspective. It is only kept for history purposes.
RELEASED
Approver 
A member of the CDL team who approves the formal quality (i.e. not the content) of concepts (e.g. business rules or a procedures) to be released. For example, they check for broken links, content structuring, readability, examples and comprehensiveness, while Stewards are responsible for content quality.
Cdl steering committee
Release date 
Date and time when a concept (e.g. a business rule or a procedure) is released, i.e. when the status changes to RELEASED.
March 22, 2018
Next approval 
Date of next approval of e.g. a managed element or a community agreement.
February 8, 2019
Steward 
A Steward takes care of a particular concept, e.g. a business rule. Stewards are responsible for the content, which does not imply that the assigned Steward is solely responsible for providing feedback or editing the content.
Kai Hüner
Review started date 
Date and time when a review of e.g. a managed element or a comunity agreement started.
not under review

The Community Charter of the Corporate Data League (CDL) specifies obligations of CDL Members towards each other and between the Provider (i.e. CDQ AG) and the CDL Members. The charter is documented as a list of commonly agreed guidelines and principles.

  1. Open community: According to antitrust regulation, the CDL does not exclude particular companies per se. However, due to data quality and collaboration performance in data sharing processes, a CDL Member may be excluded from the CDL (see below).
  2. Community access limited by data management maturity: Collaborative work in the CDL requires a certain maturity in business partner data management. This maturity is assessed by the Provider before a company becomes a CDL Member and can by re-assessed by the Steering Committee due to significant data quality and collaboration performance issues.
  3. Hide business partner relations: The Provider receives business partner data (e.g. updates) from the CDL Members and thereby knows which CDL Member has a business relation (i.e. customer and/or supplier relation) to which business partner. However, the Provider hides this information from other CDL Members and provides business partner data anonymously. Thus, CDL Members do not know about which business partner data is used by which other CDL Member. Only in rare cases, if a dissent about a business partner update between the update requester and a reviewer must be discussed and resolved, the reviewer's identity is disclosed to the requester to enable bilateral communication.
  4. No research capabilities: To find a business partner in the CDL database, a CDL Member must know the business partner, i.e. the approximate name and the location, or the VAT number. Category search (e.g. "hospitals in Shanghai") is not allowed and technically disabled by the Provider.
  5. Data storage in Europe: CDL data (shared business partner data, metadata, fraud protection data) is entirely stored and processed on servers in Switzerland and the European Union and thus protected by the Swiss data privacy law (which is equivalent in relevant parts to European Union law).
  6. Compliance with data privacy law: All CDL Members and the Provider commit themselves to managing data in compliance to Swiss data privacy law (and equivalent law of the European Union).
  7. Active participation: CDL Members are not just consumers of services of the community. They are engaged in multiple roles to improve and extend data resources (e.g. business partner database, metadata, fraud protection database) managed by the CDL. In particular regarding business partner data sharing, ratio and quality of updates per CDL Member shall be balanced across all sharing CDL Members.
  8. Accountability: CDL Members are held accountable for their activities in the community and for pursuing the defined, measurable goals and targets. The Steering Committee may evaluate activities of a particular CDL Member and (as a last resort) may exclude a company from the CDL due to significant data quality and collaboration performance issues.