New IDSA Publication Crystallizes Shared Approach with GAIA-X

Feb 10, 2021 | News

The International Data Spaces Association’s new position paper, “GAIA-X and IDS,” demonstrates the alignment of elements of the International Data Spaces Reference Architecture Model with GAIAX principles and architectural elements. The paper was created under the direction of Professor Boris Otto, Director at Fraunhofer ISST. 

The position paper “GAIA-X and IDS” is available for free download.

In a live session on February 16, 2021, Boris Otto, Director of the Fraunhofer ISST, Lars Nagel, CEO of IDSA and Sebastian Steinbuß, CTO of IDSA, will discuss the position paper and show how GAIA-X and IDS complement each other in building a distributed data infrastructure:

GAIA-X is a fairly new initiative with a first high-level architecture where a demonstrator-like minimal viable operational structure is expected in the first quarter of 2021. The IDS architecture is much more mature and has already been tested by several systems in science and industry. The IDSA reference architecture model provides several elements, roles and interactions that constitute an infrastructure for sovereign data exchange. This is complementary to the holistic approach of GAIA-X for technological independence of Europe which overcomes existing difficulties like diverse cloud-edge landscapes, legal uncertainties or technological integration issues hindering the emergence of a strong digital single market. 

The comparison of IDS and Gaia-X shows how both organizations can complement and strengthen their efforts. It highlights the solutions IDS contributes to the overall goals of GAIA-X and to the specific architectural requirements. At the same time, we are confident that interweaving IDSA and GAIA-X’s concepts will accelerate the prosperity of the data economy.

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