Today, the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on laid out its action plan to inclu­de the iSHA­RE data-sharing sche­me, a Dutch government’s Logistics Top Sec­tor initia­ti­ve to sti­mu­la­te data-sharing.  IDSA’s choice for iSHA­RE is in line with its stra­te­gy to sup­port the secu­re and easy exchan­ge of data in busi­ness eco-sys­tems world­wi­de on the basis of stan­dards.

The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on (IDSA) is an inter­na­tio­nal peer-to-peer net­work, a vir­tu­al net­work whe­re busi­ness and rese­arch are actively invol­ved in desi­gning a trust­worthy archi­tec­tu­re for the data eco­no­my. It aims to faci­li­ta­te the world­wi­de exchan­ge of data bet­ween data pro­vi­ders and data users in busi­ness eco-sys­tems, wher­e­by data pro­vi­ders stay in con­trol of their data-sover­eig­n­ty by set­ting restric­tions and defi­ning con­di­ti­ons for the use of their data, upon request even audit-pro­of.

Ever sin­ce its foun­da­ti­on in 2016, almost 100 com­pa­nies and insti­tu­ti­ons from various indus­tries and sizes from 18 coun­tries, inclu­ding several For­tu­ne 500 com­pa­nies, glo­bal acting medi­um-sized com­pa­nies, soft­ware and sys­tem houses have made pro­gress in buil­ding the IDS archi­tec­tu­re. With the decisi­on to inclu­de the iSHA­RE data-sharing agree­ments into the IDS archi­tec­tu­re, IDSA is able to acce­le­ra­te the deploy­ment of a secu­re infra­st­ruc­tu­re that pro­tec­ts data sover­eig­n­ty and trust. TNO is the IDS Hub in the Nether­lands sup­por­ting sec­tors and orga­ni­za­ti­ons in buil­ding data-sharing eco­sys­tems.

Data sover­eig­n­ty: uni­form, simp­le and con­trol­led data sharing

iSHA­RE is a set of agree­ments that enab­les orga­ni­za­ti­ons to give each other access to their data. Sin­ce they all work with the same iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on, authen­ti­ca­ti­on and aut­ho­ri­za­ti­on methods, they do not need to keep making new agree­ments every time they want to sha­re data. The sche­me went live in 2018, and the num­ber of orga­ni­za­ti­ons that are imple­men­ting iSHA­RE is gro­wing steadi­ly ever sin­ce.

“iSHA­RE streng­t­hens our com­mit­ment to faci­li­ta­te and acce­le­ra­te secu­re data exchan­ge bet­ween com­pa­nies. By inclu­ding iSHA­RE we offer more choice in trust mecha­nisms and a fas­ter deploy­ment for our com­mu­ni­ty”, says Lars Nagel, Mana­ging Direc­tor of the IDSA.

Michiel Haar­man, Pro­gram mana­ger of the Dutch Logistics Top­sec­tor: “IDSA is a lea­ding initia­ti­ve aimed at faci­li­ta­ting data sharing world­wi­de, and iSHA­RE is a prac­ti­cal app­li­ca­ti­on crea­ted by and for the logistics sec­tor. The­se two initia­ti­ves are per­fec­t­ly ali­gned and com­ple­ment one ano­t­her well, so it is fan­tastic that they are joi­ning forces.”

“We are very exci­ted about IDSA’s decisi­on to adopt the iSHA­RE agree­ments into its own archi­tec­tu­re for data-sharing. It under­li­nes the gene­ric app­li­ca­bi­li­ty of iSHA­RE as well as a gre­at step­ping stone for our com­mu­ni­ty towards the full IDS archi­tec­tu­re scope”, accord­ing to Dou­we Lyck­la­ma, iSHA­RE Lead.

IDSA and iSHA­RE princi­ples

Both iSHA­RE and IDSA enab­le a net­work of trusted data, that is built on the fol­lo­wing princi­ples:

  • Decen­tra­li­zed archi­tec­tu­re: data is kept at the source
  • Pro­tec­tion of trust: uni­form onboar­ding requi­re­ments
  • Sover­eig­n­ty of data and ser­vices: data owners are in con­trol
  • Open­ness: anyo­ne can join
  • Secu­re data exchan­ge: pro­tec­ting data assets
  • Gover­nan­ce col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve rules: com­mu­ni­ty in char­ge
  • Sca­ling effec­ts on net­work: adop­ti­on crea­tes value for all
  • Net­work of plat­forms and ser­vices: inclu­si­ve eco­sys­tem
  • Data pro­vi­ders can par­ti­ci­pa­te in the value of data

About Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on

The Indus­tri­al Data Space Asso­cia­ti­on (IDSA) is a peer-to-peer net­work, a vir­tu­al data space that sup­ports the secu­re exchan­ge and the simp­le lin­king of data in busi­ness eco-sys­tems on the basis of stan­dards and by means of com­mon gover­nan­ce models. Over more than 95 inter­na­tio­nal orga­ni­za­ti­ons are mem­ber of the IDS com­mu­ni­ty.

About iSHA­RE

iSHA­RE is a uni­form set of agree­ments or sche­me that enab­les orga­ni­za­ti­ons to give each other access to their data. Sin­ce they all work with the same iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on, authen­ti­ca­ti­on and aut­ho­ri­za­ti­on methods, they do not need to keep making new agree­ments on the­se topics every time they want to sha­re data. Tog­e­ther, the part­ners who par­ti­ci­pa­te in the iSHA­RE Sche­me crea­te a ‘net­work of trust’ wit­hin which they can sha­re data effort­less­ly. iSHA­RE is an initia­ti­ve of the Dutch government’s Logistics Top Sec­tor.