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Here you will find current and important announcements about events, extensions of the implemented functionalities, and interesting use cases for the Dataspace Connector.

Dataspace Connector as part of the IDSA organization

According to the open source principles and community spirit of the International Data Spaces Association, the repository of the Dataspace Connector on GitHub has been moved to the IDSA organisation. To checkout the repository, follow this link. There, the implementation can now be found right next to the other freely available IDS components. Have a look at the projects and become a part of future developments!

IDS-ready

Open source software enables sovereign data exchange

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 (IDSA) 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.

The aim of the Dataspace Connector is to provide companies with an easy and trustworthy entry into the International Data Spaces. There are three levels of certification for the International Data Spaces, an initiative for cross-industry data exchange with over 100 European companies: Base, Trusted and Trusted+. The DSC was deliberately tested for the Base certification level, as this does not require specific hardware such as Trusted Platform Module chips in order to use the connector. This makes it easier to use the DSC on different hardware and in cloud environments with a reasonable sacrifice of hardware security features.

In addition, the Dataspace Connector is the only IDS connector that already supports the enforcement of eight usage condition classes of the International Data Spaces Association and thus exceeds the Base certification level.

Interested companies and users can view the source code of the Dataspace Connector directly on GitHub. For testing, all that is needed is a Java environment to launch the connector and then use it via Swagger UI or http calls. In addition, the Connector can be integrated into a Docker or Kubernetes environment. Instructions for doing so can be found on Github. We are happy to answer any questions via mail, GitHub issues, or Microsoft Teams.

Dataspace Connector Homepage

This website is now the official homepage of the Dataspace Connector. Besides the information in the GitHub repository, here, you can find important details about the project, announcements and news.

If you want to contribute to the project, please have a look at the menu item Community.

The Dataspace Connector on GitHub

The Dataspace Connector is now available on GitHub! Check out the repository. The implementation is an ongoing project of the Data Economy business unit of the Fraunhofer ISST that represents the current state of developments in the IDSA Plugfest.

You are very welcome to actively contribute to this project by fixing bugs, improving the code, or adding cool features - with the goal of using the Dataspace Connector in industrial use cases. Together we can take sovereign data exchange within digital ecosystems to the next level!