Data spaces can be defined as an environment where data is shared among trusted partners who adhere to the same standards and guidelines for sharing and storing data. The relevance of data spaces lies in the ability to leverage the abundance of unused data scattered across multiple sectors. This has led to the development of standards that facilitate secure and safe data exchange among parties. The standards establish clear agreements regarding security, certification, standardised technology components, and more. Parties can establish exchanges based on mutual trust by using the standard frameworks.

iSHARE Trust Framework was developed to improve data exchange between parties. The underlying assumption is that if data can flow in a controlled and efficient way, it will lead to efficient use of infrastructure, less carbon emissions and more competitiveness. iSHARE focuses on three aspects (Identification, Authentication, and Authorisation) as they are considered indispensable in any communication between parties. The iSHARE Trust Framework facilitates data spaces to organise their governance in addition to IAM and Operational workflows.

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We are now using a more structured, collaborative approach with data spaces interested in using or adopting the iSHARE Trust Framework through a data space template. The template acts as bridging documentation to ensure better alignment to introduce specific additions to data spaces while maintaining references to the Trust Framework. This aids in version management and interoperability among different data spaces, thereby extending the iSHARE Trust Framework’s scope and usability.

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