The authors analyse the development and implementation of the standard for the Legal Entity Identifier as a case of creating information-based assets through the establishment of an infrastructure that certifies the accuracy and validity of identity data. The authors term this process capitalization by certification. The findings describe a process whereby an identification infrastructure – including a non-replicable methodology for assessing data quality – is established that contributes to making the developer and controller of that methodology, an irreplaceable intermediary for users of the infrastructure; this in spite of the need for an associated reference data infrastructure to be open and widely accessible to all participants for the infrastructure to be successful. The findings indicate that in the process, assets are created on the basis of openly accessible data through certifying of a desired set of qualities to be achieved by adopters and the infrastructure. This, in turn, provides a starting point toward better understanding and theorizing of wider processes of data capitalization, encountered throughout the digital economy but which are also crucial to establishing information infrastructures that support cognitive action.
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727145. We would like to thank all the participants in the research for their time and support with regard to interviews and data gathering and in particular Paul Janssens from SWIFT for his help with setting-up the fieldwork undertaken.
Millo, Y., Panourgias, N.S. and Zachariadis, M. (2019), "Capitalization By Certification: Creating Information-Based Assets Through the Establishment of an Identification Infrastructure", Kornberger, M., Bowker, G.C., Elyachar, J., Mennicken, A., Miller, P., Nucho, J.R. and Pollock, N. (Ed.) Thinking Infrastructures (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 62), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 131-143. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20190000062008
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