February 4, 2022

Diamonds in the Rough: The Data Space Radar

As more Data Spaces are created, it’s vital that companies adopting the IDS standard have a snapshot of how they and others are progressing towards the possibilities of sovereign data sharing.
Markos Matsas

The Data Space Radar tracks all the groups of companies developing data spaces based on IDS standards according to their domain and the maturity of the solution. The Radar – the only one of its kind – gives companies a vivid insight into who is adopting the IDS standard, and how. 

The effect is threefold: Companies feel inspired by others’ progress and success and are convinced of the need to start thinking in terms of the IDS framework; they experience how businesses are progressing towards the success of their data space solution; and they are linked to experts that can support them as they design their own journey towards IDS adoption. 

Inspiring data spaces 

The Data Space Radar was born out of the need to inspire companies with real use cases and to the track progress of IDS adoption in different domains. At first, it was simply flooded with cases. Inevitably though, companies became curious how others were moving down the funnel towards going live, and wanted to know more about the maturity of each case. 

The Data Space Radar now mirrors the 5-stage process (gathering knowledge – creating a use case – building components – final preparation and certification – adoption) which companies typically follow when adopting innovative technologies. Not only does it describe others’ success in adopting IDS. It also enables companies to share and connect with each other’s stories, drawing them together in the mission of leveraging the potential of sovereign data sharing.  

Widening the scope 

IDSA aims at accelerating adoption and helping speed organizations along the path to embrace IDS and the future of the data economy. To this end, IDSA founded the Data Spaces Business Alliance (DSBA) together with the Big Data Value Association, Fiware, and Gaia-X. 

The DSBA is now venturing into Europe, identifying data spaces, and plotting them on a common DSBA Radar. This marks a clear evolution of the tool, from visualizing best practices to helping identify, characterize, and support the most promising data spaces out there.  

Into the future 

The DSBA Radar will feature a detailed maturity assessment of each data space and use case. This will stimulate match-making between use cases and implementation partners, and cement the tool as a key element in IDSA’s adoption strategy, thereby generating more IDS compliant projects down the line. 

The data space radar will also enable experts to discover and support those diamonds in the rough who are poised to invest in taking their solution live. These consortiums will become the literal IDS standard-bearers of the future, exemplifying the new business opportunities of the data economy. 

Author: Markos Matsas
Markos Matsas is Senior Project Manager at IDSA

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