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digital economy

Digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on is a key fac­tor for the suc­cess of com­pa­nies world­wi­de. We ensu­re that the spe­cial eco­no­mic inte­rests of busi­ness are spe­ci­fi­cal­ly inte­gra­ted into the rese­arch work of Inter­na­tio­nal Data Space. At the same time, we take care that com­pa­nies can access the results of the rese­arch pro­ject about Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces. At the same time, we take care that com­pa­nies can access the results of the rese­arch pro­ject on Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces on our web­site so they can imple­ment the­se results in their own way.

Our objectives at a glance

  • To fos­ter the gene­ral con­di­ti­ons and gover­nan­ce of a refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re for Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces and inter­faces with the aim of achie­ving an inter­na­tio­nal stan­dard
  • To deve­lop and con­ti­nue to work on the stan­dards for Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces based on use cases
  • To sup­port cer­ti­fia­ble soft­ware solu­ti­ons and busi­ness models

Our activities at a glance

  • Sharing expe­ri­ence bet­ween the worlds of busi­ness and sci­ence
  • Infor­ma­ti­on and fur­ther trai­ning for small and medi­um-sized com­pa­nies
  • Coope­ra­ti­on with rela­ted initia­ti­ves
  • Lob­by­ing at inter­na­tio­nal level



Our Asso­cia­ti­on is proud to con­sist of an array of mem­bers belon­ging to major indus­tries. Addi­tio­nal­ly, we also have renow­ned soft­ware com­pa­nies and rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons col­la­bo­ra­ting with us.

The list below is as of Octo­ber 19th 2020. The num­ber of logos dis­play­ed usual­ly does not cor­re­spond to the num­ber of mem­bers.


The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on was foun­ded in Febru­a­ry 2016. The con­sti­tu­ent mee­ting was held at Fraun­ho­fer Forum in Ber­lin atten­ded by all foun­ding mem­bers and the pre­si­dent of the Fraun­ho­fer-Gesell­schaft Prof. Dr. Rei­mund Neu­ge­bau­er.

Vorstand IDS

Foun­da­ti­on of the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on in Ber­lin: (from left to right) Mar­kus Vehlow, PwC; Dr. Ralf-Peter Simon, KOMSA AG; Dr. Robert Bau­er, SICK; Hei­ke Nie­der­au-Buck, Salz­git­ter; Dr. Ralf Brun­ken, Volks­wa­gen; Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Fraun­ho­fer ISST; Prof. Dr. Rei­mund Neu­ge­bau­er, Fraun­ho­fer-Gesell­schaft; Dr. Rein­hold Achatz, thys­sen­krupp; Ulrich Ahle, ATOS. © Foto: Mat­thi­as Heyde/Fraunhofer

Cur­r­ent­ly, 12 com­pa­ny repre­sen­ta­ti­ves belong to the board.


Our cen­tral office is loca­ted at Tech­no­lo­gie Zen­trum Dort­mund. Here, you will find your con­ta­ct part­ners.