You – the users – are the drivers behind this

As a member of the International Data Spaces Association, you have various opportunities to actively participate in the association and thus exert a significant influence on the development and characteristics of the IDS. You can participate in the working groups, which deal with the general framework of the IDS and the reference architecture model, as well as become part of the communities, which deal with the special requirements of the different industries.

 Working Groups

Actively con­tri­bu­te your expec­ta­ti­ons with regard to Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces in the working groups of the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on. Com­pa­nies from all sec­tors joint­ly for­mu­la­te their requi­re­ments for secu­re data exchan­ge and digi­tal sov­er­eig­n­ty. The­se are our working groups and their topics:


The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on star­ted in Ger­ma­ny and has strong roots here. To fos­ter the know­ledge trans­fer we faci­li­ta­te inter­na­tio­nal hubs that share basic know­ledge on the ide­as and con­cepts of the IDS in their coun­tries. If you want to enab­le trust­worthy and secu­re data exchan­ge based on the IDS in your coun­ty get in con­ta­ct with us via


The goal of the IDS Com­mu­nities is to reach out to dif­fe­rent indus­tries whe­re the app­li­ca­ti­ons of IDS could be imple­men­ted. At the same time, the aim is to bet­ter under­stand the requi­re­ments of the­se indus­tries and to map them in secu­re and sov­er­eign data spaces. So far, IDSA has the fol­lowing com­mu­nities: mobi­li­ty, indus­tri­al, logistics and medi­cal.

To learn more about the com­mu­nities and to know how to join,
plea­se click on the respec­ti­ve icon.






If your orga­niz­a­ti­on or asso­cia­ti­on is inte­res­ted in joi­ning for­ces with the IDSA get in con­ta­ct with us via The IDSA pro­vi­des a refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re for trust­worthy and secu­re data exchan­ge as well as a refe­rence imple­men­ta­ti­on and a gro­wing num­ber of pro­ducts and solu­ti­ons for our mem­bers. The focus on data sov­er­eig­n­ty alrea­dy extends the Plat­form Indus­try 4.0, the Inter­na­tio­nal Inter­net Con­sor­ti­um Refe­rence Archi­tec­tu­re, FIWARE and others.

Use Cases

Develop prototypical references in so-called use cases together with scientists. Implementing these use cases makes the work of research on International Data Spaces specific.


Almost 40 Use cases are alrea­dy being imple­men­ted. Moreo­ver, the­re are around 60 more can­di­da­tes for use cases. The com­pa­nies spe­ci­fy the use cases wit­hin the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on them­sel­ves. New mem­bers can get invol­ved in exis­ting use cases at any time or initia­te new use cases.

Fields of activity.

The cur­rent use cases deal with the fol­lowing fiel­ds of acti­vi­ties “Trans­pa­ren­cy in Sup­ply Chains”, “Impro­ving Pro­duc­tion and Indus­try 4.0” and “Sup­port for End-to-End Cus­to­mer Pro­ces­ses” (e.g. auto­mo­bi­li­ty, medi­cal sup­plies). They must be exten­ded to all indus­tries.

Knowledge transfer.

The insights gai­ned during the use cases form the basis for new busi­ness models. They are to be made avail­ab­le for small and medi­um-sized com­pa­nies in par­ti­cu­lar.

You can find our Use Cases here

Creating a formal DIN/ISO standard on data sovereignty

The mem­bers of the IDSA work towards a com­mon stan­dard for a “Refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re of a secu­ri­ty gate­way for the exchan­ge of indus­try data and ser­vices”. The­re­fo­re, we star­ted a Work­shop at the Ger­man Stan­dar­di­z­a­ti­on Orga­niz­a­ti­on DIN. Here we focus on the stan­dar­di­z­a­ti­on of the IDS trus­ted con­nec­tor tog­e­ther with rele­vant inter­na­tio­nal stan­dards, e.g. IEC 62443.

IDSA plugfest

The IDSA Plugfest takes place every quarter in the IDS-LAB at the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering in Dortmund. Goal is the consolidation and technical connection between the existing IDS core components. The overarching objective is the implementation of a first MVP IDS ecosystem.


If you want to participate, you should:

  1. Bring your current IDS implementations of connectors, brokers, clearing houses, App Stores, Apps …

  2. Register your core component at the IDS-Lab Identity Provider

  3. Support the current IDS information model

  4. Prepare to register at the IDS-LAB Broker

  5. Prepare to connect to others, e.g. the Echo Connector


How can you participate?

  • Between Plugfests

    1. Contact Heinrich Pettenpohl ( to get access to repositories and mailing lists

    2. Participate in weekly telcos

  • At Plugfest

    1. Bring a notebook with admin privileges

    2. Network/proxy configuration must able to be changed

    3. Source code of one or more IDS implementations (Connector, Broker, CA, App Store etc.)

    4. Corresponding development environment for customizing the sources

    5. Docker or VMWare/Virtual Box for Windows computers

IDS testbeds

IDS-LAB @ Fraunhofer ISST

The IDS-Lab at Fraunhofer ISST offers infrastructure for software development projects and collaboration. This includes :

  1. Wikis

  2. Issue tracker / bug tracker

  3. GIT Repositories

  4. Continuous Integration and Build Server

  5. Maven Repositories

  6. Docker Repositories

The IDS Lab hosts the IDSA-Plugfest.

IDS trainings & seminars

When: 24th Sep­tem­ber 2019

In this prac­ti­ce-ori­en­ted trai­ning for pro­fes­sio­nals and exe­cu­ti­ves, the basics about data sov­er­eig­n­ty and the struc­tu­re of the IDS archi­tec­tu­re with its tech­no­lo­gies, basic ser­vices and roles are pre­sen­ted.

Details: Click here

When: Upon Request

The par­ti­ci­pants will learn the func­tions and con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons of various IDS com­pon­ents and will put tog­e­ther a refe­rence use case of the IDS from the ground up.

Details: Click here

When: Upon Request

In this work­shop par­ti­ci­pants will learn about the necessa­ry steps for a suc­cess­ful cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on and par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the IDS and will be able to com­pa­re this with their cur­rent sta­te of deve­lo­p­ment.

Details: Click here