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International Data Spaces: A Collaborative Organizational Moonshot
Chesbrough, Henry W., and Agnieszka Radziwon
Publication date: 7/1/2021, pages 1-14

In March 2021 Reinhold Achatz, the Thyssenkrupp CTO and chairman of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) celebrates the realization of the Minimum Viable Product version of the Mobility Data Space. This was a collaborative effort of Fraunhofer and several industrial partners, which, thanks to generous support from the German government, established IDSA to set, diffuse and implement a dominant global B2B data standard. Meanwhile, in 2019 the German and French governments launched an IDSA sister organization - GAIA X, labeled a ‘Moonshot in digital politics’, which will offer a base to develop a European Cloud. Is IDSA pursuing the right collaborative activities to encourage wide standard adoption while maintaining its identity and legacy? And will IDSA be able to offer low-cost and large access solutions that might balance the power of hyperscalers (such as Facebook and Google) through a distributed data platform?

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