IDSA’s Reinhold Achatz appointed by German Ministry

Dec 14, 2022 | News

Reinhold Achatz, Chairman of the Board of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA), has been named one of the 19 members of the “Digital Strategy Germany Advisory Board” appointed by the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport. 

The Digital Strategy Germany Advisory Board is made up of representatives from business, science, and civil society and is intended to support the federal ministries in implementing the federal government’s digital strategy. 

This can be understood as recognition for the intensive work IDSA has done with various partners in Europe and in Germany over the past years. With our standardization work and reference definition, with IDSA as the basis for German pioneering efforts such as Mobility Data Space and Catena-X, and with our contribution in the establishment of Gaia-X and its implementation in numerous projects, we have shown that we are an indispensable element of Germany’s digital future.”

Dr. Reinhold Achatz, Chair of the Board of IDSA

The advisory board was established to monitor the digital strategy led by the Federal Ministry. It will support progress, measure it, and make it publicly visible.

The focus of the advisory board’s work are the 18 lighthouse projects, which are named in the digital strategy. It is planned to hold 10 meetings a year each focusing on two projects. All advisory board members take on a “sponsorship” for one of the lighthouse projects. 

These are the three pillars of the monitoring for the Digital Strategy Germany: 

  1. The advisory board is intended to provide the ministries with impetus from business, science, and civil society. The progress of the projects is documented after the advisory council meetings and made public 
  1. A database will be set up by the beginning of 2023 to provide the ministries with a overview of the progress of the targets set out in the digital strategy 
  1. The results of the digital strategy will be measured and carried out as part of an accompanying research project of the “Agora Digital Transformation”, funded by the BMDV. 

With its digital strategy, the German government wants to herald a “comprehensive digital awakening” for Germany. This includes introducing electronic patient files and online ID cards with digital IDs into everyday life. The government cites a yet-to-be-built ecosystem for mobility data and AI applications geared to the common good as lighthouse projects. 

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