traceability
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CT: According to ISO, the term traceability describes the possibility of tracing production, use or location of a certain element. For final products this can cover the origin of material and parts, as well as the production history. Traceability does not only cover the basic requirement that products can be traced back and forth throughout the supply chain from origin to the point of final delivery, but also the possibility of specifying what their properties are; for example., what they are made of and how they have been processed. The properties of relevance are the sustainability characteristics which are an important element of a mass balance and traceability system and are assigned to consignments of sustainable products. Sustainability characteristics include the evidence that a product is sustainable, the recognised voluntary scheme, a description of the raw material or product, related greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and the country of origin of the feedstock, except for bioliquids.

S: ISCC – http://www.iscc-system.org/uploads/media/ISCC_EU_203_Requirements_for_Traceability_2.3.pdf (last access: 12 December 2014)

N: 1. traceable (adj): 1748, from trace (v.) + –able. Related: Traceability.
2. The basic idea of traceability is the existence of a change log for individual requirements that allows the tracing of each from its initial creation through the implementation and testing and finally to the delivery of the functionality described.

S: 1. OED – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=traceability&searchmode=none (last access: 12 December 2014). 2. http://www.phase2technology.com/blog/computer-science-for-the-web/ (last access: 12 December 2014).

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CR: computer science, cybernetics, robotics.