From now on, IDSA is cal­led Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on. The gene­ral assem­bly deci­ded on the ren­aming on 22 March. Dr. Rein­hold Achatz, CTO at thys­sen­krupp and Chair­man of the Board of the IDSA illus­tra­tes the rea­sons and advan­ta­ges of the new name and exp­lains the tar­gets IDSA has set for the future.

IDSA deci­ded to rena­me the asso­cia­ti­on at the gene­ral assem­bly in March. What was the deci­ding fac­tor behind that?

The­re are now many peop­le from dif­fe­rent indus­tries who rea­li­sed the demand for secu­re data exchan­ge and estab­lished com­mu­nities pushing for­ward the deve­lop­ment and use of IDS for their respec­tive are­as. The­re are, for examp­le, the Medi­cal Data Space and Logistics Data Space orga­ni­sa­ti­ons. An Urban Data Space is alrea­dy in the pre­pa­ra­ti­on pha­se and the topics of Farm& Food are fur­ther key points.

One cata­lyst for the new name was the mem­bers‘ feed­back from the Medi­cal Data Space Com­mu­ni­ty: they were con­vin­ced of the con­cept, but saw a big chal­len­ge in com­mu­ni­ca­ting it in their sec­tor with the name Indus­tri­al Data Space. An argu­ment that was then dis­cus­sed inten­si­ve­ly and con­tro­ver­si­al­ly in the board. In our point of view, the bene­fits of ren­aming final­ly pre­vai­led. We unani­mously deci­ded to recom­mend chan­ging the name to Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on to the gene­ral assem­bly. And this recom­men­da­ti­on was accep­ted.

To what extent does the new name accu­rate­ly reflect the tasks, func­tion and ori­en­ta­ti­on of the asso­cia­ti­on?

On the one hand, the­re are the so-cal­led com­mu­nities. All of them will be inclu­ded as inde­pen­dent Spaces in the new name of the asso­cia­ti­on and fol­low the com­mon archi­tec­tu­re and the stan­dar­di­sed inter­faces. This will com­mu­ni­ca­te the ent­i­re ver­sa­ti­li­ty and diver­si­ty of the asso­cia­ti­on and of IDS. On the other hand, it also addres­ses our stra­te­gic ori­en­ta­ti­on. We have set our­sel­ves the aim of inter­na­tio­na­li­sing the asso­cia­ti­on and that IDS works accord­ing to glo­bal stan­dards. Now, that also mani­fests its­elf in the name. We mustn’t for­get that the Indus­tri­al Data Space brand and the com­mu­ni­ty will con­ti­nue to exist – with the focus on manu­fac­tu­ring and pro­duc­tion as one of many are­as that are poo­led in the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on.

What are the goals of the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on for the future?

We aim at increa­sing the recent posi­ti­ve deve­lop­ments even fur­ther. To do so, we would like to win more mem­bers for IDSA from various indus­tries, of cour­se bey­ond natio­nal bor­ders – and increa­se the adap­ti­on rate of IDS con­cepts in com­pa­nies. I belie­ve the new name has also ope­ned up new tar­get groups for us.

Moreo­ver, we want to illus­tra­te the app­li­ca­bi­li­ty and bene­fits of IDS in prac­tice. We want to do that with use cases that par­ti­cu­lar­ly pre­sent and com­mu­ni­ca­te the uni­que fea­tures of IDS. We have achie­ved an important mile­stone for the imple­men­ta­ti­on with the new, second refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re that will be offi­ci­al­ly intro­du­ced at HMI – for the first time with IDSA as the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on.