IDS Rule Book: Operational Guidelines for the Realization of IDS Ecosystems

By Giu­lia Giu­s­sa­ni

Peer-to-peer data exchan­ge, data mar­ket­pla­ces, digi­tal eco­sys­tems. The­se are dif­fe­rent approa­ches to data sharing. What they have in com­mon is that they all need secu­re tech­no­lo­gies and usa­ge poli­ci­es that govern and enfor­ce data usa­ge con­trol. The IDS initia­ti­ve is not sim­ply ful­fil­ling this need but it is going even fur­ther: it pro­vi­des a tech­no­lo­gi­cal stan­dard and a uni­ver­sal legal frame­work to crea­te data-dri­ven busi­ness eco­sys­tems whe­re data can be exch­an­ged secu­re­ly and in a stan­dar­di­zed way, without losing con­trol of one’s data.

Tech­ni­cal, Ope­ra­tio­nal, and Legal Agree­ments

Key requi­re­ment to make all this a rea­li­ty is to have a set of rules and poli­ci­es gover­ning it in a decen­tra­li­zed way. It is strai­ght­for­ward that the eco­sys­tem could not func­tion without clear admi­nis­tra­ti­ve pro­ces­ses, mana­ging for examp­le the admis­si­on and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on of new par­ti­ci­pants. Neit­her could it work without main­ten­an­ce pro­ces­ses like chan­ge-manage­ment pro­ce­du­res, which make sure that the eco­sys­tem is resi­li­ent and adap­ts to future situa­tions.

All the­se rules and poli­ci­es are con­tai­ned in the Rule Book, one of the big goals that the Laun­ching Coali­ti­on is cur­r­ent­ly working on. The Laun­ching coali­ti­on is a group of IDSA mem­bers aiming to coope­ra­tively make IDS a rea­li­ty and achie­ve IDS-based com­mer­cial solu­ti­ons until Sep­tem­ber.

The Rule Book is, the­re­fo­re, an essen­ti­al docu­ment in addi­ti­on to the IDS RAM, which descri­bes all the tech­ni­cal, ope­ra­tio­nal, and legal agree­ments to enab­le the IDS eco­sys­tem to be ful­ly working in a real-world sce­n­a­rio. For this rea­son, the Rule Book is strict­ly bound to the tan­gi­ble imple­men­ta­ti­on of the first IDS-based digi­tal eco­sys­tem.

First Point of Con­ta­ct for All IDS Eco­sys­tems

It is important to note that this first imple­men­ta­ti­on will be a blue­print and it will not limit nor for­ce the upco­m­ing par­ti­ci­pants to stick to that spe­ci­fic eco­sys­tem. The IDS initia­ti­ve acts, inde­ed, as a pro­vi­der of an infra­st­ruc­tu­re for data sharing eco­sys­tems to faci­li­ta­te the stan­dar­di­z­a­ti­on and con­trol mecha­nisms. What we should the­re­fo­re ima­gi­ne is not a sin­gle IDS eco­sys­tem, but mul­ti­ple IDS-based digi­tal eco­sys­tems, not a sin­gle and cen­tral cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on body but a fede­ra­ti­on of cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on bodies, and so on. In this sce­n­a­rio, the Rule Book will repre­sent the first point of con­ta­ct for the imple­men­ta­ti­on, gover­nan­ce and ope­ra­tio­nal acti­vi­ties of all the­se IDS eco­sys­tems.

The tar­get groups of this docu­ment span from deve­lo­pers to mana­gers and lawy­ers and belong to the who­le varie­ty of par­ti­ci­pants in the eco­sys­tem: the essen­ti­al-ser­vice pro­vi­ders, the data-user com­pa­nies, and the data-pro­vi­der com­pa­nies.

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