Ger­ma­ny and the Nether­lands deci­de to coope­ra­te clo­se­ly on Euro­pean data infra­st­ruc­tu­re

Ger­ma­ny and the Nether­lands look at suc­cess­ful con­cepts for indus­tri­al data exchan­ge, such as the IDS stan­dard for sov­er­eign data sharing. The Ger­man and Dut­ch con­cepts com­ple­ment each other very well – a poten­ti­al that both coun­tries now want to explo­it. On Janu­a­ry 15th, 2020, at the "Streng­t­he­ning Euro­pean Digi­tal Com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness in Indus­try" event at the Dut­ch Embas­sy in Ber­lin, they will deci­de on a clo­se coope­ra­ti­on.

With the GAIA‑X con­cept, Ger­man government has put a com­mon Euro­pean data infra­st­ruc­tu­re and its impor­t­ance on the agen­da. A digi­tal infra­st­ruc­tu­re which is based on Euro­pean values and which puts data sov­er­eig­n­ty at the core. To achie­ve this, the exper­ti­se that initia­ti­ves such as Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces (IDS), Ger­man Edge Cloud and the Platt­form Indus­trie 4.0 have built up will be used.

“A set­up with a refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re inclu­ding com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on stan­dards, a legal basis and the use of a clea­ring house has been defi­ned which will be based on the tech­no­lo­gy of the IDS to ensu­re that com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on on this plat­form is abso­lute­ly secu­re”, sta­ted Peter van Har­ten, Smart Indus­try Ambassa­dor of the Nether­lands.

The Nether­lands them­sel­ves are suc­cess­ful with prac­ti­ce-ori­en­ted initia­ti­ves in the are­as of data exchan­ge and smart indus­try: iSha­re, a data sharing con­tract sys­tem initia­ted by the logistics indus­try, Join­da­ta from the agri­cul­tu­ral sec­tor and the Smart Indus­try Pro­gram­me for digi­tal­ly net­wor­ked pro­duc­tion chains.

The Dut­ch prac­ti­ce-ori­en­ted approach to data exchan­ge and smart indus­try, as well as data sov­er­eig­n­ty and data infra­st­ruc­tu­re "made in Ger­ma­ny", mutual­ly rein­for­ce each other and thus help to imple­ment GAIA‑X at Euro­pean level.

The event "Streng­t­he­ning Euro­pean Digi­tal Com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness in Indus­try" on Janu­a­ry 15th, 2020 at the Dut­ch Embas­sy in Ber­lin pro­vi­des the frame­work for the start of coope­ra­ti­on.

The­re, Ger­man-Dut­ch working groups will be for­med – each for GAIA‑X/data exchan­ge, ener­gy, indus­try and mobi­li­ty – to bring the coope­ra­ti­on to life.

Both coun­tries will intro­du­ce their com­mon visi­on of a smart and secu­re Euro­pean data infra­st­ruc­tu­re.

In pitch ses­si­ons, both coun­tries will also pre­sent their com­mon ide­as of:
…sov­er­eign data exchan­ge – by the Dut­ch Data Deel Coali­tie and the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on,
…smart indus­try data – by the Dut­ch Smart Indus­try Initia­ti­ve and its Ger­man coun­ter­part.

For more details on the sov­er­eign exchan­ge of data: Brochu­re "IDS – A stan­dard for Data Sov­er­eig­n­ty and an Indis­pensable ele­ment of Data Eco­sys­tems"