Data Spaces Support Centre launched to facilitate interoperable data sharing
12 significant partners were recently awarded to set up and operate the Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC), which was launched on 13 October 2022 in Brussels. Funded by the European Commission as part of the Digital Europe Program, the Data Spaces Support Centre will facilitate common data spaces in different sectors that collectively create an interoperable data sharing environment. DIGITALEUROPE joins the project consortium as Associated Partner, contributing to the impactful communication and dissemination of the project results as well as involving our members in key activities and consultations.
Coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST), the DSSC project includes a consortium of leading associations and knowledge centres in the domain of data spaces, with a broad membership, an extensive network, national hubs, open-source communities and data space pioneers. The Support Centre explores the needs of the data spaces initiatives, including common requirements and best practises. It delivers the Data Spaces Blueprint, composed of common building blocks in business, legal, operational, technical and societal aspects. With a user-centric approach and cooperatively with all stakeholders, the Blueprint continuously evolves. It drives adoption through support activities, a platform and web portal for knowledge and asset sharing, a help desk, toolboxes and active engagement with all stakeholders.
Within its scope, the DSSC will support the Data Innovation Board to propose guidelines for common European data spaces, such as cross-sectoral data sharing standards, requirements for security and access procedures. The project will enable data reuse and secondary use within and across sectors, fully respecting EU values and contributing to the European economy and society. It will further enable and create appropriate conditions for setting up an open data ecosystem characterised by interoperability and mutual trust between participants and creating value out of data.
DSSC follows the recent Data Space for Skills (#DS4Skills) project kick-off, coordinated by DIGITALEUROPE. Together, both schemes will facilitate knowledge sharing and consensus among the stakeholder community. Our Slovenian member CCIS, part of the DS4Skills consortium, will lead the coordination with DSSC to ensure that appropriate skills are considered for and during the development of the data spaces common blueprint and toolboxes.