French Hub officially joins the IDSA

Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) signs its entry to IDSA Hubs

Phil­ip­pe Jamet, Exe­cu­ti­ve Pre­si­dent of IMT (on the right), and Lars Nagel, Mana­ging Direc­tor of IDSA, signing the offi­cial hub agree­ment

(Paris, May 17th, 2019) The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on (IDSA) and IMT signed an agree­ment con­fir­ming that IMT will beco­me the French IDSA Hub, pro­li­fe­ra­ting a pro­mi­sing Euro­pean stan­dard for secu­re and sov­er­eign data sharing. With the estab­lish­ment of the French IDSA Hub, initia­ti­ves in the field of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and data sharing will signi­fi­cant­ly boost. The signing took place during the Viva Tech­no­lo­gy Event in Paris, dedi­ca­ted to inno­va­ti­on and star­tups.

Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces (IDS) enab­le orga­niz­a­ti­ons to secu­re­ly exchan­ge data without having to run data streams through a cen­tra­li­zed plat­form. As a result, the ori­gi­nal owner always retains con­trol of the data and sets restric­tions and con­di­ti­ons for its use. IMT has no doubt that ‘data sov­er­eig­n­ty’ is a fun­da­men­tal con­cept of the rising data eco­no­my: a trust­worthy envi­ron­ment is meant to under­pin any exch­an­ged data bet­ween com­pa­nies in the future. IDS is an open stan­dard that can be imple­men­ted in the soft­ware of mul­ti­ple com­pa­nies.

As a ‘French IDSA Hub’, IMT pro­mo­tes the con­cepts of IDSA among public and pri­va­te orga­niz­a­ti­ons in Fran­ce and points out use­ful initia­ti­ves that can sup­port the IDS deve­lo­p­ment on French natio­nal level. The aim is to acce­le­ra­te acti­vi­ties in the field of data sharing by star­ting new initia­ti­ves in Fran­ce and also by con­nec­ting exis­ting initia­ti­ves among Euro­pean coun­tries wit­hin EU pro­jects, such as BOOST 4.0.

IMT has been given this key role in the field of data sharing on the basis of its exten­si­ve know­ledge in the field of ICT and its posi­ti­on wit­hin initia­ti­ves in several sec­tors, such as indus­try or health­ca­re.

Why IDS?

The sharing of data wit­hin sec­tors, as well as incre­a­singly bet­ween orga­niz­a­ti­ons across sec­tors, is necessa­ry to be able to com­pe­te. It is no lon­ger suf­fi­ci­ent to only collect and ana­ly­ze data wit­hin a com­pa­ny. Only by com­bi­ning data sources with tho­se of other sta­ke­hol­ders can draw valu­able con­clu­si­ons to com­pa­nies and opti­mi­ze their busi­ness ope­ra­ti­ons wit­hin the chain or across com­plex value net­works: from ear­lier reco­gni­ti­on of ano­ma­lies in a pro­duc­tion pro­cess to stream­li­ning a sup­ply chain.

This makes data a stra­te­gic asset for more and more com­pa­nies, with the con­se­quence that orga­niz­a­ti­ons want to keep con­trol of its usa­ge. One examp­le is con­trol­ling pri­va­cy (GDPR) or com­mer­cial­ly sen­si­ti­ve infor­ma­ti­on. Howe­ver, data sharing its­elf is also beco­m­ing more com­plex: arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, for examp­le, offers oppor­tu­nities while also making it necessa­ry to pro­per­ly mana­ge mat­ters such as mea­ning, con­text and qua­li­ty. At the same time, the cos­ts of data sharing must be redu­ced in order to make lar­ge-sca­le imple­men­ta­ti­on pos­si­ble.

IMT con­si­ders stan­dar­di­z­a­ti­on in the data sharing area, as deve­lo­ped by IDS (among others), as a key method to address the­se issu­es. This also works well with the broa­der ran­ge of tech­no­lo­gies that IMT is working on. Its rese­arch acti­vi­ties in the indus­try sec­tor for instance need to rely on a stan­dard for easy exchan­ge of data and/or train algo­rith­ms and rea­li­ze the pro­mi­ses of the Indus­try 4.0 (i.e. Indus­trie du Futur in Fran­ce).

IMT and the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on 

The IDS Initia­ti­ve is mana­ged by the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on, a Euro­pean non-pro­fit asso­cia­ti­on with cur­r­ent­ly 100 mem­bers from nume­rous indus­tries, ICT and rese­arch insti­tu­tes across 19 coun­tries, pre­do­mi­nant­ly Euro­pean. IMT is a mem­ber of the asso­cia­ti­on and is espe­cial­ly acti­ve in the Archi­tec­tu­re WP. Through the French IDSA Hub, this know­ledge and expe­ri­ence can now be made avail­ab­le to other indus­try play­ers in Fran­ce, allowing them to deve­lop their own app­li­ca­ti­ons.

The­re are alrea­dy 6 offi­cial IDSA Hubs

Ten­den­cy: more and more coun­tries are estab­li­shing coun­try hubs in align­ment with the IDSA in order to build brid­ges for growth in the respec­ti­ve coun­tries. IDSA would like to use the­se part­ners to dis­se­mi­na­te its stan­dard on data sov­er­eig­n­ty and data eco­sys­tems in Euro­pe and bey­ond, and to inten­si­fy coope­ra­ti­on with inter­na­tio­nal R&D orga­niz­a­ti­ons and com­pa­nies.

At pre­sent the­re are alrea­dy six IDSA Hubs (Nether­lands, Fran­ce, Fin­land, Czech Repu­blic, Ita­ly and Spain). Three more coun­tries are about to sign the con­tract with Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on.

For an over­view of all IDSA Hubs: