Hank Jan Vink is Managing Director ICT Innovations at TNO. Photo credits: TNO
Henk Jan Vink is Managing Director Information and Technology Innovations at TNO. He was elected to the Board the General Assembly during our 2nd IDSA Summit. Here he answers some questions, why he is involved in our association and what is so special about our initiative:
Why are you taking an active part in the International Data Spaces Association?
TNO has been very active in many different data-sharing initiatives, both on a national and a European level. From this experience, we believe that IDS has the potential to become the best data-sharing initiative globally. As we have shown over the last couple of years by contributing to the IDS Reference Architecture, we are fully committed to the success of IDS and want to continue to contribute to its expansion.
What is so special about IDSA in your opinion?
The IDSA has a firm backing in research, but with a strong commitment also from business key players. IDSA can be very relevant for society and economy. The idea behind IDSA – what we all contribute to and where we profit from the advancement of IDS as a whole – is how we want to innovate. For us, this is a good model to leverage the intelligence of the community, where each member can play its role.
Imagine the International Data Spaces Association ten years from now – what should be the achievements accomplished by then?
Setting up an IDS Connector with anyone in the world that is trusted by IDS should be as easy as online shopping. The system gives IDSA all relevant information – who is out there, what data is available, under what conditions, and how to connect. For organizations, we will make data- sharing a safe, cost-efficient and rewarding
experience that allows their business to grow and connect with others.