Fiona DELANEY – Origin Chain Networks Start-up





Nominated by NSAI - National Standards Authority of Ireland

Fiona Delaney is founder and CEO at Origin Chain Networks (OCN), an Irish agri-tech micro-enterprise advancing digital transformation in the agri-food sector. OCN are winners of a European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Seedbed award (2020) for a mobile data collection toolkit for use by farmers on-the-fly. For farmers across Europe, going 'digital-first' raises issues of available finance, internet access, technology upskilling and conflict around data ownership and data privacy.

Engagement with European standardisation benefits OCN and its customers by positioning agri-business at the heart of the single digital marketplace, leveraging access to resources and infrastructural support (eg H2020, EU Blockchain Service Infrastructure) and utilising novel regulatory frameworks (eg eIDAS, eDelivery) to address digitisation issues common to farmers across Ireland and the EU.

OCN’s involvement with European technology standards development has influenced the adoption of a farmer-first data ownership model. This model has its origins in self-sovereign identity management practices found in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (BDLT) and extends the model to include role-based farm data digitisation. Refer to Universal Farm Compliance use case in sections below.

Fiona Delaney is a H2020 StandICT award recipient (2019) for leadership and contribution to national (NSAI), European (CEN/CENELEC, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, UNECE) and global (ISO, ITU-T, IEEE) standards development for emerging technologies.

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