The IDS Laun­ching Coali­ti­on Cele­bra­ted their Achie­ve­ments

Or how we are buil­ding a base camp for data sov­er­eig­n­ty

When you are plan­ning to climb high moun­tains like the K2 or Mount Ever­est you will most pro­bab­ly plan to stay for some time in one of often many base camps. The­se base camps are not only sited at the ent­ry points to the track rou­tes which lead you to the sum­mit, but they are also sited at a alrea­dy rele­vant alti­tu­de to allow you for accli­ma­tiz­a­ti­on.

Befo­re such a base camp is built usual­ly deca­des pass whe­re first recon­nais­sance explo­ra­ti­ons lead by pioneers take place to find track rou­tes and to pro­of that it is pos­si­ble to get to the sum­mit at all.

The moun­tain we are clim­bing is “Mount Data” and its sum­mit is cal­led “Data Sov­er­eig­n­ty”. And yes, first adven­tures peop­le were alrea­dy at the very top, fin­ding track rou­tes and showing that it is pos­si­ble to reach the sum­mit. The­re have been many pro­jects and demons­tra­tors that pro­ofed this alrea­dy (IDS@BKM, BOOST 4.0, addi­ti­ve manu­fac­tu­ring demons­tra­tor, here you can find more suc­cess sto­ries). Tog­e­ther with many experts on the topic of data eco­no­my (inclu­ding our cur­rent EU com­mis­sio­ner Thier­ry Breton1) we belie­ve that amongst other aspects the quan­ti­ty and acces­si­bi­li­ty of data must be incre­a­sed dra­ma­ti­cal­ly. From the per­spec­ti­ve of IDSA this can only be achie­ved if tho­se who own the data can be com­ple­te­ly con­fi­dent about the use and safe sto­rage of the data. – data sov­er­eig­n­ty.

Let us get back to the “Mount Data”. To climb it, to reach “Data Sov­er­eig­n­ty” and to do this with a rele­vant num­ber of clim­bers that make a chan­ge for the data eco­no­my, we have to pro­vi­de the requi­red infra­st­ruc­tu­re. An infra­st­ruc­tu­re that allows clim­bers from all over the world to not have to care about basic things, like digi­tal iden­ti­ties, cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on, and an com­pe­ti­ti­ve offe­ring of IDS Con­nec­tors for tho­se who do not want to imple­ment them on their own.

The IDS Laun­ching Coali­ti­on is buil­ding the base camp at Mount Data with all this. This base camp will allow you as a clim­ber who wants to reach Data Sov­er­eig­n­ty to redu­ce your risk by allowing you to accom­mo­da­te to the alti­tu­de and ensu­ring acces­si­bi­li­ty of the trail rou­tes to the sum­mit.

We plan to have the base camp rea­dy on Novem­ber 30th. In the mean­ti­me, we hope you pre­pa­re yourself for the ascent and we meet at our ope­ning cele­bra­ti­on. Fol­low our acti­vi­ties by loo­king out for #IDS­g­o­Li­ve on Twit­ter and Lin­kedIn and of cour­se the IDSA Blog. For our mem­bers we pre­pa­red a Jive space with more details and back­ground sto­ries.

Also feel free to have a look at the stream of our Laun­ching Coali­ti­on Fest, whe­re we show you some rele­vant work that alrea­dy has been achie­ved:

Climb on and stay safe!

by Chris­toph Mer­tens (IDSA)