Cla­ri­fy­ing, com­ply­ing with and secu­ring the ownership of data is one of the con­di­ti­ons for having a sustainab­le and via­ble digi­tal eco­no­my. Whe­re­as the ques­ti­on of who owns which goods is not real­ly an issue in the mate­ri­al world any­mo­re, the per­cep­ti­on of the term ownership has not yet been ful­ly deve­lo­ped in the digi­tal world. In this con­text, Dr.-Ing. Robert Bau­er, Chair­man of the Board at SICK AG and mem­ber of the Indus­tri­al Data Asso­cia­ti­on, and Prof. Dr.-Ing Boris Otto, Mana­ger of the Indus­tri­al Data Space rese­arch pro­ject at Fraun­ho­fer IML Dort­mund, are cal­ling for the estab­lish­ment of glo­bal­ly accep­ted con­di­ti­ons for owning, pos­ses­sing and exch­an­ging data. Only then can an effi­ci­ent digi­tal eco­sys­tem be imple­men­ted.

The com­pa­ri­son bet­ween the mate­ri­al world and the imma­te­ri­al data world shows that the legal terms defi­ning ownership and pos­ses­si­on should app­ly ana­lo­gi­cal­ly. Indus­tri­al Data Space could form the basis for an open, gene­ral­ly accep­ted tech­ni­cal pro­ce­du­re for all data tran­sac­tions, exp­lain Dr. Bau­er and Prof. Otto: “Buil­ding up such a level of trust and the addi­tio­nal term “Made in EU” could not only sub­stan­ti­al­ly sup­port glo­bal exchan­ge and the sub­se­quent growth for future data-ope­ra­ted busi­ness models, but could also sup­port a simp­le added value in broa­der terms as an enab­ler for the eco­no­my.”