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Middleware Support for Non-repudiable Transactional Information Sharing between Enterprises

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick Cook, Emeritus Professor Santosh Shrivastava, Dr Stuart Wheater



Enterprises increasingly use the Internet to offer their own services and to utilise the services of others. An extension of this trend is Internet-based collaboration between enterprises to form virtual enterprises for the delivery of goods or services. Effective formation of a virtual enterprise will require information sharing across organisational boundaries. Despite the requirement to share information, the autonomy and privacy requirements of enterprises must not be compromised. This demands strict policing of inter-enterprise interactions, including non-repudiable access to shared information. For a member of a virtual enterprise, a typical requirement is the ability to inspect/modify shared information together with member-specific private information within a single ACID transaction. At the same time, inspection/modification of the shared information should both generate non-repudiation evidence and be consistent with policies agreed by the enterprises. The paper describes how information sharing middleware can be enhanced with distributed transaction support to perform regulated, transactional information sharing. Design and implementation of a prototype Java middleware is presented.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cook N, Shrivastava SK, Wheater SM

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2003

Pages: 17

Print publication date: 01/08/2003

Source Publication Date: August 2003

Report Number: 814

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne