Pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the European stra­te­gy for data
European Com­mis­si­on
Brussels | Febru­a­ry 19, 2020

The Role of IDS for the European Digi­tal Eco­no­my

On Febru­a­ry 19th, 2020, the European Com­mis­si­on intro­du­ced its first data stra­te­gy. The aim: European com­pa­nies and admi­nis­tra­ti­ons should be able to get most out of their data by sharing them. The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on (IDSA) pro­vi­des a stan­dard that enab­les the sover­eign sharing of data with clear­ly defi­ned usa­ge rights.

The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces (IDS) stan­dard is an indis­pensable ele­ment for a trust­worthy data sharing infra­st­ruc­tu­re in Euro­pe – enab­ling the crea­ti­on of all kinds of data spaces, data sharing eco­sys­tems and data mar­ket­pla­ces.

The IDS stan­dard gua­ran­tees data secu­ri­ty and data pro­tec­tion for all par­ties invol­ved, estab­lishes mutu­al trust among them, ensu­res a level play­ing field by means of a joint­ly deve­lo­ped and com­mon­ly accep­ted design, and enforces data sover­eig­n­ty for all data pro­vi­ders. It allows sharing data based on ethi­cal princi­ples and com­mon European values such as infor­ma­tio­nal self deter­mi­na­ti­on, par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, open­ness and federa­lism.

Three cor­ner­stones safe­guard the crea­ti­on of secu­re and trusted data spaces, in which com­pa­nies of any size and from any indus­try can mana­ge their data assets in a sover­eign fashion:

  1. The IDS Refe­rence Archi­tec­tu­re Model set­ting the tech­ni­cal frame­work con­di­ti­ons,
  2. the IDS trust frame­work and sche­me for data sharing and
  3. the coor­di­na­ti­on of ope­ra­ti­ons for essen­ti­al data sover­eig­n­ty ser­vices.

With this in place, data lin­king or ana­ly­sis can tech­ni­cal­ly and at the seman­tic level be pre­ven­ted or made pos­si­ble. In this way, the clas­sic struc­tu­re of cloud ser­vices can also be embed­ded in an inter­ope­ra­ble digi­tal eco­no­my with full data sover­eig­n­ty on the digi­tal infra­st­ruc­tures of third par­ties.

The IDS stan­dard sol­ves a mar­ket obsta­cle: For data to unfold its value crea­ti­on poten­ti­al, it must be descri­bed and made trad­able accord­ing to a glo­bal and inter­ope­ra­ble stan­dard. This has never exis­ted befo­re. But DIN SPEC 27070, based on the IDS Refe­rence Archi­tec­tu­re Model, is the first glo­bal and inter­ope­ra­ble stan­dard – soon to be also an ISO stan­dard.

Digi­tal plat­forms, app­li­ca­ti­ons in the fields of AI, IoT, or big data pro­jec­ts such as GAIA‑X or AI4EU – all the­se endea­vors and app­li­ca­ti­on are­as can­not be con­cei­ved of wit­hout IDS con­cepts. IDS will signi­fi­cant­ly con­tri­bu­te to the suc­cess of the­se endea­vors and app­li­ca­ti­on are­as. Being an open stan­dard for faci­li­ta­ting secu­re and trusted data exchan­ge to con­nect tho­se plat­forms in an accep­ted and stan­dar­di­zed man­ner that is gui­ded by the princi­ples of data sover­eig­n­ty, IDS should be inte­gra­ted as an inherent com­po­nent in cur­rent and future archi­tec­tu­re models of the data eco­no­my.

With 110 mem­bers in 20 coun­tries, IDSA con­ti­nues to dri­ve its glo­bal activi­ties. In Euro­pe, the asso­cia­ti­on is stron­gly rep­re­sen­ted with its 8 European hubs. IDSA has alrea­dy star­ted the joint deve­lop­ment of GAIA‑X with its French, Dutch and Fin­nish part­ners and intends to extend this effort to all IDSA hubs world­wi­de. The­re­fo­re, IDSA wel­co­mes a strong inter­ac­tion with the EU Com­mis­si­on on its new data stra­te­gy.

Dr. Rein­hold Achatz, CTO thys­sen­krupp and chair­man of the board of the IDSA: “Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces as an upco­m­ing glo­bal data exchan­ge stan­dard has the poten­ti­al to form the basis for plat­forms based on European values and bring data sover­eig­n­ty to arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence app­li­ca­ti­ons and to GAIA‑X.”

The Ger­man Minis­try for eco­no­mics and ener­gy has also published a press release on Digi­tal Tech­no­lo­gies and a posi­ti­on paper on the com­mon Fran­co-Ger­man activi­ties towards the European cloud infra­st­ruc­tu­re GAIA‑X, in which IDSA is stron­gly invol­ved:

For the press release (in Ger­man).

For the posi­ti­on paper “Fran­co-Ger­man Posi­ti­on on GAIA‑X”.