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Designing Data Spaces

The Ecosystem Approach to Competitive Advantage

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  • Provides an encompassing overview of the technological and economic aspects of data spaces
  • Presents implementations and business cases and gives an outlook to future developments
  • Offers an overview of solutions and applications from companies like Google, SAP, Huawei, T-Systems and many more

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This open access book provides a comprehensive view on data ecosystems and platform economics from methodical and technological foundations up to reports from practical implementations and applications in various industries.

To this end, the book is structured in four parts: Part I “Foundations and Contexts” provides a general overview about building, running, and governing data spaces and an introduction to the IDS and GAIA-X projects. Part II “Data Space Technologies” subsequently details various implementation aspects of IDS and GAIA-X, including eg data usage control, the usage of blockchain technologies, or semantic data integration and interoperability. Next, Part III describes various “Use Cases and Data Ecosystems” from various application areas such as agriculture, healthcare, industry, energy, and mobility. Part IV eventually offers an overview of several “Solutions and Applications”, eg including products and experiences from companies like Google, SAP, Huawei, T-Systems, Innopay and many more.

Overall, the book provides professionals in industry with an encompassing overview of the technological and economic aspects of data spaces, based on the International Data Spaces and Gaia-X initiatives. It presents implementations and business cases and gives an outlook to future developments. In doing so, it aims at proliferating the vision of a social data market economy based on data spaces which embrace trust and data sovereignty.

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Table of contents (33 chapters)

  1. Use Cases and Data Ecosystems

  2. Solutions and Applications

Editors and Affiliations

  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik ISST, Dortmund, Germany

    Boris Otto

  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML, Dortmund, Germany

    Michael ten Hompel

  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme IAIS, Sankt Augustin, Germany

    Stefan Wrobel

About the editors

Boris Otto is the Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST in Dortmund as well as Chair for Industrial Information Management at TU Dortmund. His career path includes the University of St. Gallen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAP, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Gaia-X, European Association for Data and Cloud, AISBL and the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA). His research focuses on the fields of industrial information management, business and logistics networks, and methods for the design of digital business solutions.

Michael ten Hompel holds the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund and is Managing Director at Fraunhofer-Institute of Material Flow and Logistics IML. Besides his work as scientist, he also worked as entrepreneur and eg founded GamBit GmbH in Dortmund in 1988 and is still on the supervisory board of several logistics companies. He was also awarded the Innovationspreis NRW (Innovation Award North Rhine-Westphalia) in 2020.

Stefan Wrobel is Professor of Computer Science at U Bonn and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS. His work is focused on questions of the digital revolution, in particular intelligent algorithms and systems for the large-scale analysis of data and the influence of Big Data/Smart Data on the use of information in companies and society. He was honored by the Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Informatics Society) as one of the formative minds in German AI history.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Designing Data Spaces

  • Book Subtitle: The Ecosystem Approach to Competitive Advantage

  • Editors: Boris Otto, Michael ten Hompel, Stefan Wrobel

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-93974-8Published: 22 July 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-93977-9Published: 22 July 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-93975-5Published: 21 July 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 580

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 140 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Computer Applications, Big Data, Knowledge based Systems, Information Storage and Retrieval

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