Industrial Data Spaces Plus

Global digital networking is ongoing. This makes new business models, smart services, and innovative service offers possible. The secure exchange of data in value chains is a prerequisite. Meanwhile the calls for German and European solutions in the highly competitive market for industrial cloud-based solutions are getting ever louder. The International Data Spaces initiative (formerly Industrial Data Space) established under the auspices of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft enables open data marketplace for industry, used to securely exchange data between trusted partners.



The challenge

Companies are faced with a dilemma – on the one hand, exchanging data is unavoidable, but on the other hand, the company has to retain control over what happens with the data. Because of this paradox, the topic of data sharing is still viewed with great skepticism and the potential of new business models is not being realized. To date there is no uniform architecture that permits the secure, standardized, and sovereign exchange of business data.


Our contribution

We are handling the development of the International Data Spaces framework in the project. This is aimed at the encapsulation of infrastructure components in order to simplify the development of an International Data Spaces connector. Allowing developers to focus entirely on implementing the application logic is the intent. This makes it easier for International Data Spaces newcomers to commence development, since they do not have to deal with details of the underlying standards but can develop International Data Spaces-capable applications directly.



The research project’s outcome is not a product in the usual sense, but the development of a reference architecture model and its pilot testing. Results arising from this development include detailed specifications and concepts for dealing with the aforementioned challenges associated with the exchange of data between companies and with data sovereignty. It serves as the starting point for the actual implementation of consistently interoperable data spaces in various domains and use cases.



  • Fraunhofer FIT
  • Fraunhofer AISEC
  • Fraunhofer IAO
  • Fraunhofer IESE
  • Fraunhofer IAIS
  • Fraunhofer FKIE
  • Fraunhofer IML
  • Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Fraunhofer IOSB
  • Fraunhofer IPA
  •  Fraunhofer SIT


  • Subsidized by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Project number: 01IS17031
  • Term: 10/2017-09/2020