Already 6 European Hubs joining the IDSA
TNO will become the Dutch IDSA Hub

(Dort­mund, 18.03.19) The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on (IDSA) and TNO signed an agree­ment con­fir­ming that TNO will beco­me the Dutch IDSA Hub, pro­li­fe­ra­ting a pro­mi­sing European stan­dard for sover­eign, con­trol­led and ulti­mate­ly audit-pro­of data sharing. With the estab­lish­ment of the Dutch IDSA Hub, initia­ti­ves in the field of secu­re data sharing will gain a signi­fi­cant boost. The signing took place during the Smart Indus­try Annu­al Event in Hil­ver­sum, part of the Nether­lands Digi­tal Con­fe­rence.

Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces (IDS) enab­le orga­ni­sa­ti­ons to secu­re­ly exchan­ge data wit­hout having to run data streams through a cen­tra­li­sed plat­form. As a result, the ori­gi­nal owner always retains con­trol of the data and sets restric­tions and con­di­ti­ons for its use. TNO is con­vin­ced that this ‘data sover­eig­n­ty’ is beco­m­ing ever more important for busi­ness: it is increa­singly a pre­con­di­ti­on for par­ties to sha­re their data. IDS is an open stan­dard that can be imple­men­ted in the soft­ware of mul­ti­ple com­pa­nies.

As an ‘Dutch IDSA Hub’, TNO pro­vi­des a link bet­ween Dutch initia­ti­ves and the­se inter­na­tio­nal stan­dar­di­sa­ti­on deve­lop­ments. The aim is to acce­le­ra­te initia­ti­ves in the field of data sharing, bothwhen star­ting new initia­ti­ves in the Nether­lands and when con­nec­ting exis­ting initia­ti­ves with other European coun­tries.

TNO has been given this key role in the field of data sharing on the basis of its exten­si­ve know­ledge in the field
of ICT and its posi­ti­on wit­hin initia­ti­ves in several sec­tors, such as indus­try, logistics and agro-food.

Why IDS?

The sharing of data wit­hin sec­tors, as well as increa­singly bet­ween orga­ni­sa­ti­ons across sec­tors, is necessa­ry to be able to com­pe­te. It is no lon­ger suf­fi­ci­ent to only collect and ana­ly­se data wit­hin a com­pa­ny. Only by com­bi­ning data sources with tho­se of other sta­ke­hol­ders can com­pa­nies draw valu­able con­clu­si­ons and opti­mi­se their busi­ness ope­ra­ti­ons wit­hin the chain or across com­plex value net­works: from ear­lier reco­gni­ti­on of ano­ma­li­es in a pro­duc­tion pro­cess to stream­li­ning a logistics chain.

This makes data a stra­te­gic asset for more and more com­pa­nies, with the con­se­quence being that orga­ni­sa­ti­ons want to keep con­trol of its usa­ge. One examp­le is con­trol­ling pri­va­cy (GDPR) or com­mer­ci­al­ly sen­si­ti­ve infor­ma­ti­on. Howe­ver, data sharing its­elf is also beco­m­ing more com­plex: arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence, for examp­le, offers oppor­tu­nities while also making it necessa­ry to pro­per­ly mana­ge mat­ters such as mea­ning, con­text and qua­li­ty. At the same time, the costs of data sharing must be redu­ced in order to make lar­ge-sca­le imple­men­ta­ti­on pos­si­ble.

TNO con­si­ders the stan­dar­di­sa­ti­on of the appoint­ment sys­tems, as deve­lo­ped by IDS (among others), as a key method to address the­se issu­es. It also fits in well with the broa­der ran­ge of tech­no­lo­gies that TNO is rese­ar­ching and the spe­ci­fic appoint­ment sys­tems that various sec­tors are working on.

TNO and the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on 

The IDS Initia­ti­ve is mana­ged by the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on, a European non-pro­fit asso­cia­ti­on with cur­r­ent­ly 100 mem­bers from nume­rous indus­tries, ICT and rese­arch across 18 coun­tries, pre­do­mi­nant­ly European. TNO is a mem­ber of the asso­cia­ti­on and is active in various working groups. Through the Dutch IDSA Hub, this know­ledge and expe­ri­ence can now be made avail­ab­le to Dutch indus­try play­ers, allo­wing them to rea­li­se their own app­li­ca­ti­ons.

Alrea­dy 6 HUBS are offi­ci­al part­ner for IDSA 

Ten­den­cy: more and more coun­tries are estab­li­shing coun­try hubs in align­ment with the IDSA in order to build brid­ges for growth in the respec­tive coun­tries. IDSA would like to use the­se part­ners to dis­se­mi­na­te its stan­dard on data sover­eig­n­ty and data eco­sys­tems in Euro­pe and bey­ond, and to inten­si­fy coope­ra­ti­on with inter­na­tio­nal R&D orga­ni­sa­ti­ons and com­pa­nies.

At pre­sent the­re are alrea­dy six part­ner hubs (Nether­lands, Fran­ce, Fin­land, Czech Repu­blic, Ita­ly and Spain). Three more coun­tries are about to sign the con­tract with Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on.

For detailes infor­ma­ti­on plea­se con­tact: Dr. Ralf-Peter Simon,