Press releases

  • Industry players, researchers, corporates, and associations join forces to operationalise the European Strategy for Data / 2022

    Facilitating interoperable data sharing, the new Data Spaces Support Centre is now launched

    Presse Release / October 13, 2022

    BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 13, 2022 – 12 significant partners were recently awarded to set-up and operate the Data Spaces Support Centre. The Data Spaces Support Centre will facilitate common data spaces in different sectors that collectively create an interoperable data sharing environment.

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  • DORTMUND. 30 years after the founding of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST, the institute will move to a new location in autumn 2022, the »lighthouse« in the digital quarter currently being built in Dortmund harbour. The Fraunhofer ISST will celebrate this double reason for joy with a ceremony on 8 September 2022 in the brewing tower of the Dortmunder U. Under the title »New Spaces for Data and People«, the speakers will explain their vision of a social data market economy. Afterwards, the »lighthouse« will be inaugurated.

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  • In FAIR Data Spaces, the federated secure data infrastructure Gaia-X and the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) are developing a shared cloud-based data space for industry and research. The FAIR principles will be taken into account, meaning that the data will be shared in a findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable manner (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable). The FAIR Data Spaces project is scheduled to run for three years and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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  • Implementation of the International Data Spaces into concrete software solutions for companies / 2021

    Fraunhofer spin-off sovity GmbH launches Data Sovereignty as a Service for Companies

    December 02, 2021

    Dortmund, December 2, 2021. sovity GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST, starts its business activities as an independent company as of today. The startup's solution enables companies of any size and in any industry to fully control and manage their data at any time when interacting with partners, suppliers and customers through "Data Sovereignty as a Service": with sovity, companies can determine for themselves who is allowed to view or use which data when and to what extent. The solutions are based on the IT architecture of the International Data Spaces for sovereign data exchange between companies with simultaneous control of the use of the data by the data provider. sovity is now implementing this architecture in a concrete software offering for data exchange.

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  • Automotive and Tech Industry Team up / 2021

    Open-Source Technology for B2B Data Sharing

    August 24, 2021

    Across the economy, companies are using digital technologies to pivot into innovative services, accelerate growth, and transform business processes. Data assets play an important role in this modern economy. To share this data, new technology is needed that supports openness, interoperability, extensibility, sovereignty and transparency. The Eclipse Dataspace Connector is that technology. The open-source project is supported by Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST, Daimler TSS, BMW Group, Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft, Amazon AWS, SAP, ZF Friedrichshafen and GAIA-X AISBL as well as the International Data Spaces Association.

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  • Newly founded association aims to lay the foundation for trustworthy data exchange in the automotive in-dustry / 2021

    Boris Otto appointed to the board of Catena-X Auto-motive Network

    May 21, 2021

    It is the largest project in the automotive industry related to future production concepts: the foundation of the association "Catena-X". It aims to offer soft-ware services based on International Data Spaces (IDS) and Gaia-X, which enable a trustworthy data exchange between all actors in the automotive industry - from the first supplier stage to the OEM. Founding members of this alliance for secure data exchange are ARENA2036, BASF SE, BMW AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (German Aerospace Center), German Edge Cloud GmbH & Co, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, ISTOS GmbH, Merce-des-Benz AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, SAP SE, Schaeffler AG, Siemens AG, SupplyOn AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Volkswagen AG and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.. Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST and board member of Gaia-X, European Association for Data and Cloud, AISBL and the Inter-national Data Spaces Association (IDSA), was elected vice-chairman of the board of Catena-X e.V..

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  • Sovereign data exchange with the Dataspace Connector: / 2021

    Fraunhofer shows certified IDS module for entry into GAIA-X at the Hannover Messe

    March 24, 2021

    The Dataspace Connector (DSC) enables companies to easily get started with trusted data exchange using the International Data Spaces (IDS) and GAIA-X. The implementation concept of the open source software has been successfully tested in December 2020 according to the certification criteria with "IDS-ready" of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA). Interested parties can view the source code directly via Github, use it and further develop it together with the Community. The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT will show the Dataspace Connector at the digital Hannover Messe (#HM21) from April 12 to 16, 2021.

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  • New “Morgenstadt Initiative” project supports cities and regions in data-driven transformation / 2021

    Open urban data platform as key for digital transformation

    March 01, 2021

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    How can cities and municipal enterprises use urban data efficiently, transparently and profitably? With the "Daten-Kompetenzzentrum für Städte und Regionen DKSR” (Data Competence Center for Cities and Regions), a project of the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Initiative has been accompanied to spin-off at the beginning of the year. DKSR uses an open-source approach to help municipalities find municipal data, retrieve it in a structured way and share it securely.

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  • Sovereign data exchange is becoming increasingly important for companies as part of their business model. A basis for this secure data exchange is now provided by the "Dataspace Connector" (DSC) as open source software. The DSC implementation concept developed by Fraunhofer ISST has been successfully tested according to the certification criteria with "IDS-ready" of the International Data Spaces Association (IDS) since December 3, 2020. Thus, the DSC fulfills the security requirements and all functionalities required by the International Data Spaces (IDS) to trustworthily share data with others while ensuring data sovereignty.

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