Digitization acts as both driver and enabler of innovative business models. The key success factor for most of them is data and their combination. New, innovative value-added services may be created that allow a secure data exchange while retaining sovereignty. This means that the original owner of the data retains control of how and where the data is used. This turns data into an asset that can be measured and controlled more effectively. Precondition for smart services based on a secure data ecosystem is that data can be shared securely and combined easily in value and information networks.
The Industrial Data Space initiative was launched in 2016 as a joint effort of German industrialists, politicians and leading researchers. Its aim is to establish development and use of the Industrial Data Space on an international level. From an organizational point of view, the initiative combines a research project and a club of users. The research project, funded by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, is developing a reference architecture model of the Industrial Data Space and pilot implementations in several application fields.
Fraunhofer FIT is involved in the initiative since its launch and works, from the ICT side, on finding portable reference applications. Starting from realistic application scenarios, Fraunhofer FIT contributes to the definition of a business architecture, to semantic modeling of data and services and to a concept for integrating smart value-added services in the ecosystem. FIT's User-Centered Computing department and FIT's Life Science Informatics department are working closely together here.