Twel­ve Fraun­ho­fer-Insti­tu­tes have spent the past two years working on a rese­arch pro­ject fun­ded by the Ger­man Federal Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch (BMBF) dealing with the cur­rent issue of data sov­er­eig­ni­ty.

They recent­ly com­ple­ted the first pha­se of the pro­ject, in which a refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re model for a secu­re data space has been defi­ned, based on the latest IT tech­no­lo­gies, and the first cross-sec­tor use cases have been imple­men­ted. Now this pre-com­pe­ti­ti­ve rese­arch pro­ject, for which the Ger­man Federal Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch (BMBF) has gran­ted fun­ding of five mil­li­on euros, is rea­dy to move on to its second pha­se.

The next pro­ject goal is to car­ve out a posi­ti­on for the Indus­tri­al Data Space in rela­ti­on to and in inter­ac­tion with other refe­rence archi­tec­tures, such as tho­se being deve­lo­ped by the Indus­tri­al Inter­net Con­sor­ti­um in the United Sta­tes or the Japa­ne­se Indus­tri­al Value Chain Initia­ti­ve – becau­se, in today’s glo­bal sup­ply chains, the flow of data is not restric­ted to a sin­gle coun­try and com­pa­nies the­re­fo­re need inte­gra­ted, cross-bor­der solu­ti­ons.

Data sov­er­eig­n­ty made in Ger­ma­ny is a popu­lar con­cept,” comments Prof. Boris Otto, direc­tor of the Indus­tri­al Data Space pro­ject, mem­ber oft he Indus­tri­al Data Space Association´s board and direc­tor of the Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tu­te for Soft­ware and Sys­tems Engi­nee­ring ISST. “We are cur­r­ent­ly in dis­cus­sions with part­ners in many coun­tries, inclu­ding Argen­ti­na, Chi­na, India, Japan, Mexi­co and the United Sta­tes, with the goal of estab­li­shing the Indus­tri­al Data Space archi­tec­tu­re on an inter­na­tio­nal basis.”

To ensu­re inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty with the many dif­fe­rent digi­tal stan­dards in use around the world, the pro­ject teams are deve­lo­ping tech­no­lo­gi­cal blue­prints for data sov­er­eig­n­ty solu­ti­ons. Fraun­ho­fer rese­ar­chers are working clo­se­ly with the Indus­tri­al Data Space Asso­cia­ti­on to app­ly their results in the form of use cases for part­ner com­pa­nies.