The International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) recently announced the launch of a new project to set up and operate the Data Spaces Support Centre. Funded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Program, the Data Spaces Support Centre will coordinate all relevant actions on sectoral data spaces in Europe.
The project brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of twelve leading associations and knowledge centres in the domain of data spaces, with a broad membership, an extensive network, national hubs, open-source communities, and data space pioneers.
The Data Spaces Support Center will identify standards, technologies, and tools to enable the public sector and European businesses to use and share data across sectors. It will carry out comparisons in regard to sectoral requirements for security, access procedures, while considering sector-specific standardization activities.
The project will create appropriate conditions for building an open data ecosystem characterized by interoperability and mutual trust between all participants. The goal is to provide a blueprint for data spaces that comprises common building blocks for business, legal, operational, technical, and societal aspects.
To foster the adoption of common building blocks and standards for data spaces, the Data Spaces Support Centre will provide support activities such as a knowledge and resource sharing web portal, a help desk, toolboxes, and active stakeholder engagement. It will also support the work of the envisaged Data Innovation Board in view of enhancing the interoperability of data as well as data sharing services between different sectors and domains.