An initiative resulting in a formal standard

The International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) has defined a reference architecture and a formal standard to be used for creating and operating virtual data spaces. The IDS architecture is based on commonly accepted data governance models facilating secure exchange and easy linkage of data within business ecosystems.

Data Sovereinty

The objective of the International Data Spaces is to establish a standard for data sovereignty – for the trustworthy, self-determined exchange of data. Combined with a supranational, standardized cloud system, IDS, being an international standard for data sovereignty, would create a key element for a Europe-wide digital infrastructure.


The adoption of the IDS idea in the market takes place in three stages: Research to solve previously unresolved questions, Consensus building on architecture, implementation options and standardization in the association‘s committees and Transfer of concepts from the association‘s work into marketable products and services by companies from the association and outside.


The specification of the International Data Spaces Association forms the basis for data ecosystems and marketplaces based on European values, i.e. data protection and security, equality of opportunities, through a federated design, through ensuring data sovereignty for the data originator and through trust between the participants.


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Use Cases


Research Projects

We bring the IDS approach to the world!

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Our Association is proud to consist of an array of members belonging to major industries. Additionally, we also have renowned software companies and research institutions collaborating with us.


The International Data Spaces Association was founded in February 2016. The constituent meeting was held at Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin attended by all founding members and the president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer. Currently, 12 company representatives belong to the board.

Head office

Our central office is located at Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund. Here, you will find your contact partners.

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Lars Nagel, CEO, IDSA

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