Data Spaces Support Centre

In October 2022, the Data Spaces Support Centre was inaugurated in a warm, interactive atmosphere. Funded by the European Commission as part of the Digital Europe Program, the Data Spaces Support Centre will explore the needs of data space initiatives, define common requirements and establish best practices to accelerate the formation of sovereign data spaces as a key element of digital transformation at all levels.

Project summary

The Data Spaces Support Centre, as described in the Digital Europe Programme, will set up and operate a Support Centre to operationalize the European Strategy for Data. This Data Spaces Support Centre will facilitate common data spaces that collectively create an interoperable data sharing environment, to enable data reuse and secondary use within and across sectors, fully respecting EU values, and contributing to the European economy and society.

The project brings together associations and industry players, including SMEs, various sectors, the public sector, standardisation bodies, regulators, researchers, related projects, and digital innovation hubs to foster the creation of data spaces. The project consortium includes the 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.

Collaboratively with all stakeholders, the Support Centre explores the needs of the data spaces initiatives, the common requirements, and best practises. By distilling existing solutions, integrating what works, and closing gaps of what is missing, the Support Centre delivers the Data Spaces Blueprint, composed of common building blocks encompassing the business, legal, operational, technical and societal aspects of data spaces.

The Blueprint continuously evolves with a user-centric approach, as the result of co-creation with the stakeholders. In the core of the network of stakeholders are the existing and emerging data space initiatives and the potential implementers of the building blocks. These form the Community of Practice (CoP) in the field of data sharing and they create and adopt the Blueprint and its building blocks in sectoral data spaces. The Support Centre drives adoption through support activities, a platform and web portal for knowledge and asset sharing, help desk, toolboxes, and active engagement with this CoP. The support options are packaged to serve the needs of the data space initiatives of different levels of maturity.

The project supports the Data Innovation Board in its task of proposing guidelines for common European data spaces and grounded in the Data Governance Act. The Support Centre will closely engage with the Data Innovation Board throughout the development of the Blueprint so that the Board can adopt elements as a significant part of its guidelines, such as cross-sectoral data sharing standards, requirements for security and access procedures.

The outcome of this project is the creation of this Support Centre, that will foster the deployment of common data spaces and will allow reuse of data cross sectors.

Look back at the DSSC Inauguration Ceremony

Upcoming events

Data Spaces Technology Landscape 2023
December 14, 2022

The implementation technologies and architectures of data spaces evolve rapidly. Welcome to hear what components are available for the implementers of data spaces now and in which direction the development will progress during 2023.

Fiware Global Summit
June 12 – June 13, 2023
Vienna, Austria

“From Data to Value” – FIWARE’s 9th Global Summit will see 800+ participants and 150+ speakers from across the globe in FIWARE’s reference city Vienna (Austria). 

The Data Spaces Support Center receives funding from the European Union Digital Europe Programme under grant agreement n° 101083412: