IDSA has announced the launch of MERLOT (MarkEtplace foR LifelOng educaTional dataspaces and smart service provisioning). The new research project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). MERLOT is one of eleven projects awarded in the funding competition “Innovative and practical applications and data spaces in the Gaia-X digital ecosystem”.
MERLOT brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 11 organizations and companies with different areas of expertise. The common goal is to digitize the education sector in Europe. This will enable European citizens to have better learning outputs and gain equal access to education. To achieve this, the processing of sensitive personal data is necessary.
The MERLOT project has the following main goals:
- Enable learners to control their educational data in a sovereign manner. The idea: highly sensitive educational data can be processed using AI without compromising learners’ privacy or data sovereignty.
- Create protected education data spaces within the Gaia-X ecosystem.
- Offer certified services form a marketplace that enables new types of collaborations among education service providers within these data spaces.
IDSA will ensure the transfer of knowledge about data spaces into the project, but also from the projects into a common standard and underlying components as open-source software. DSA will also create a technical, legal and Gaia-X compliant concept for educational data spaces and for smart educational services.
The consortium management of the MERLOT project is in the hands of imc AG. Other consortium partners are the August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute, Edu-sense gGmbH, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Hasso Plattner Institute, Dataport AöR, International Dataspaces e.V., IONOS SE, IServ GmbH, Schülerkarriere GmbH and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.
The scheduled duration of the project is until Dec. 31, 2024.