The secu­ri­ty and sov­er­eig­n­ty of data is the key topic and tar­get of Indus­tri­al Data Space and the user asso­cia­ti­on. How the tar­get can be achie­ved, how data can be safe­ly shared and uti­li­sed, is and has been dis­cus­sed among the mem­bers again and again. For examp­le, Dr.-Ing. Robert Bau­er, Chair­man of the SICK AG Exe­cu­ti­ve Board and mem­ber of the Board of the Indus­tri­al Data Space Asso­cia­ti­on, and Prof. Dr.-Ing Boris Otto, mana­ger of the rese­arch pro­ject Indus­tri­al Data Space at Fraun­ho­fer IML Dort­mund call for the estab­lish­ment (see latest news) of glo­bal­ly accep­ted basic con­di­ti­ons for data pro­per­ty, data owners­hip and trans­fer. Ano­t­her important point is to con­si­der data as goods. The tar­get of the cur­rent digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­ons wit­hin com­pa­nies and sup­ply chains is to make data from machi­nes, com­pon­ents and even human bein­gs avail­ab­le. Data from dif­fe­rent sources will be shared to enab­le the imple­men­ta­ti­on of Indus­try 4.0 and net­wor­ked with each other. With that, data are not just “was­te pro­ducts” of value crea­ti­on pro­ces­ses and thus gain more and more value.
At the same time as net­wor­king incre­a­ses, the chal­len­ge grows for com­pa­nies to pro­tect their sen­si­ti­ve data and – if trad­able as goods – to trans­fer them safe­ly and pro­fi­ta­b­ly. The asso­cia­ti­on and rese­arch pro­ject are con­vin­ced that a basic con­di­ti­on for that is for com­pa­nies to keep con­trol over their data and thus their digi­tal sov­er­eig­n­ty. Sen­si­ti­ve data mustn’t lea­ve the influ­ence of the ori­gi­na­tor. That is why Indus­tri­al Data Space is offe­ring its new approach for a solu­ti­on whe­re deve­lo­ping the Base Con­nec­tor is key. For the first time, this will gua­ran­tee data sov­er­eig­n­ty, not only by legal means but also by tech­ni­cal means.