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i3-MARKET at DIGITAL Around the World 2021

i3-MARKET and Digital Transformation at Digital Around the World 2021

i3-MARKET Coordinators Dr Martin Serrano and Achille Zappa will be taking part in the Digital Around the World event on “Digital Transformation by Means of Big Data, Marketplaces and Data Economy.”

The panel will take place on the 20th October, with contributions from i3-MARKET partners.

The panel will discuss how European digital transformation can be acheived through scaling up the European data economy through greater use of big data and the development of data marketplaces.

i3-MARKET will demonstrate how our Backplane can be a solution to acheive this, by allowing European companies to access data from multiple marketplaces in a secure, trusted and private manner, through a single interface. Promoting interoperability in this manner will make it easier for SMEs to both access and share data, stimulating the growth of Europe’s data economy.

You can register here to learn more about the i3-MARKET solution!

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i3-MARKET Impact: ATOS

i3-MARKET Impact: ATOS

1. How do you view your company’s/organisation’s role in i3-MARKET?

ATOS is part of i3-Market because we want to connect data marketplaces all over Europe and start exploring new collaborations and partnerships, by taking part of the i3-market backplane as a model for data federation for cross-sectorial data industries. ATOS is aiming to contribute towards the promotion of the Data Economy and data markets, and to stay positioned with AGORA as a reference data marketplace to trade-off Automotive and Mobility data.

2. Why do you participate in the project? How can i3-MARKET have a long-term impact on your work?

There are several ways that i3-MARKET can create a positive impact for ATOS Research and Innovation. However, one of the most promising ways is the i3-MARKET backplane, as ATOS will explore the possibility to use this approach to connect different initiatives around data-driven platforms. The AGORA data marketplace is in fact one such example, but we also have other vertical platforms for data sharing such as DataPass (from the BodyPass project) enabling data exchange between the health and consumer goods sectors, FUSE for energy data, MASAI for manufacturing or UDP for city or infrastructures data management, among others. We plan to investigate throughout the project whether the i3-MARKET backplane approach could be used as backbone to interconnect these platforms.

3. What do you think will be the main benefits of the i3-MARKET to the end-users?

There are several stakeholders who can benefit from i3-MARKET deployment. For instance, Data Consumers who are currently connected with one of existing vertical data marketplaces can gain access through a seamless, secure, and trustworthy way to data sources from industries that aren’t present in AGORA, Siemens or IBM data marketplaces. In this case, a Data Consumer from AGORA can retrieve data from the Siemens or IBM data marketplace by using the i3-MARKET backplane as a middleware platform to interconnect Data Consumers, and Providers all over Europe. It means a huge opportunity for the cross-selling opportunities of those vertical data markets to also provide added-value services to new Data Consumers.

Then, from the Data Provider side, our network partners may currently only trust in one data marketplace to handle their data exchanges, which creates a significant barrier to use other data marketplace providers. In this case, the i3-MARKET backplane can serve as a unique solution as an open source interface to enable data trade-offs and exchange operations among different data marketplace operators. Therefore, each i3-MARKET data marketplace can make it possible for Data Providers to connect to new channels, customer segments and early adopters of the other potential Data customers that had previously been out of reach.

4. In your opinion, what’s the most exciting and inspiring thing about the i3-MARKET?

Finally, i3-market is addressing one major challenge for data-driven industries which is how to enable data exchange among several data platforms providers, marketplaces, data lakes, warehouses, etc. in a common standard language. Therefore, data interoperability should be provided by design to enable the communication among the different providers, sources, types of data, etc. which should be semantically agreed when actors subscribe to data exchange contracts. It would remove the brand-dependant characteristics of the data sources stored in each data marketplace of the project to foster the creation of data-driven services from specially SMEs, and start-ups aiming to ingest data to create new algorithms, data-driven uses cases, or machine learning models for improve maintenance operations, as a examples of possible services which use data as a key resource.  

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Call for Papers: Interoperability and Open Source Workshop

Call for Papers: Interoperability and Open Source Workshop

Concept

The evolution of the Internet of Things has created a complex ecosystem populated by various Internet of Things (IoT) platforms that provide access to a broad range of things. These IoT platforms typically promote their specific interfaces and information models, and often adopt non-standard, sometimes fully proprietary, protocols to control a variety of things. This fragmentation and missing interoperability currently prevent the emergence of cooperative IoT ecosystems in which applications can be built to simply use things, or to enable things operated by different platforms to interact.

Workshop

The 4th Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things focuses on addressing this challenge, bringing the community of industry players, stakeholders and open source communities. The main objective of this event is to exchange experiences and ideas with the IoT and Data communities as well as contribute to build new knowledge analyzing open issues and identify gaps on interoperability, architectural principles, marketplaces and standardization for future. It will bring the voice of industrial experts providing an environment where attendees (presential or remotely) have the opportunity to explore interoperability solutions stemming from research and innovation projects and showcase practical experiences on interoperable IoT solutions and promote open-source solutions.

Papers

The 2021 InterOSS – Interoperability and Open Source Solutions Workshop – InterOSS is a biennial workshop that focuses on providing a fora for exchanging experiences, best practices and ideas for the i3-MARKET and INFINITECH Projects and other Data-related Open Source project communities as well as contributing to build know-how around the yet unsolved issues and gaps around the topics on interoperability, architectural principles and standardisation efforts.

The InterOSS activities promotes open discussions for scientific progress, industrial standards evaluation and showcase practical experiences on interoperable IoT, Big Data and AI applications promoting open-source solutions.

Papers can be submitted here. (Via EasyChair). Deadline: 6 September.

Contact

Organizers:
Martin Serrano (National university of Ireland; Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland), martin.serrano@insight-centre.org
Achille Zappa (National university of Ireland; Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland), achille.zappa@insight-centre.org

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i3-MARKET Motivation: Telesto Technologies

i3-MARKET Motivation: Telesto Technologies

1) How do you view your company’s/organisation’s role in i3-MARKET?

As one of the three SMEs involved in the project, we bring in our agility and know-how in order to facilitate the various developments and team work toward the common goal of the consortium.  

 

2) Why do you participate in the project? How can i3-MARKET have a long-term impact on your work?

The project focuses on the creation of a backplane allowing access to a wider audience of providers and users. It will enrich our research background in terms of marketplace backplane development and reinforce our legacy in specific topics that we will work on through the project.
i3-Market deals with marketplaces in cutting edge technologies that open numerous research and also commercial opportunities for our company. 

We also intend to integrate the developed modules within i3-market in our portfolio of offerings as a company.

 

3) What do you think will be the main benefits of the i3-MARKET to the end-users?

The i3-market will provide the end-users with a larger choice of data to acquire and more opportunities to sell data, making it accessible to a wider audience than what is observed today in the market. All procedures are going to be secure and will use blockchain technologies so that the end-users can benefit of the advantages. Aggregating entities such as i3-Market and similar multi-sided-platforms provide substantial value to previously isolated marketplaces since cross-cutting collaborations and business models can arise, apart from critical mass creation in an integrated ecosystem.

 

4) In your opinion, what’s the most exciting and inspiring thing about the i3-MARKET?

It will revolutionise the landscape of marketplaces and the data providers’ and users’ way of managing data through a one stop shop. It is also important to note that it brings together novel processes and cutting edge technologies as well as renowned technological partners into a seamless aggregating ecosystem.

 

 

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i3-MARKET White Paper Released

i3-MARKET Publishes White Paper

“Data is the new gold”, but how do we become successful gold diggers? In other words, how can we incentivize and connect data owners, data providers and data consumers, and how can we spark the light that will ignite the European data market? In our first White Paper, we examine the opportunities and challenges that European data marketplaces provide, before looking at the vision of i3-MARKET, and how the i3-MARKET backplane is being deployed in three industrial sectors to initiate greater access to data for European companies.

Authors: Susanne Stahnke, Siemens; Vasiliki Koniakou, AUEB; Martin Serrano, NUIG; Birthe Boehm, Siemens; Stratos Baloutsos, AUEB; Raul Santos, ATOS.

Download the Paper Here, or Read it Below!

i3-MARKET-Plug_Your_Data_to_the_World_via_Open_Trusted_and_Reliable_Marketplace_Backplane-White-Paper-2021.

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i3-MARKET at the IDSA Summit 2021

i3-MARKET at the IDSA Summit 2021

i3-MARKET Coordinator Dr Martin Serrano took part in the IDSA Summit 2021 on 23 June, sharing information on how open source solutions can contribute to the development of European Data Spaces, and introducing the audience to the i3-MARKET Backplane, our Open Source solution for integrating European data marketplaces into a single interface.

He introduced the design process behind the Backplane (seen in the Tweets below) and explained why increasing access to data is important for Europe’s growing data economy.

The video from the event will available soon.

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IBM: Partner Impact and Vision

IBM: Partner Vision and Impact

How do you view your company’s/organisation’s role in i3-MARKET?

“To bring in the viewpoint from handling personal data with all its privacy and GDPR aspects and contribute sample data and simulation approaches from elderly monitoring as well as insights from different elderly monitoring applications.  We can provide artificial intelligence expertise, and in particular, a realistic evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses and make available creative solutions to the consortium that use the good tools developed to support artificial intelligence without implementing end-to-end solutions that now trigger concerns. Finally, IBM can also bring the view of a big company in the information industry.”

Why do you participate in the project? How can i3-MARKET have a long-term impact on your work?

“Being able to develop platforms that allow the secure exchange of IoT data so that no individual building of IoT platforms is necessary which can apply to platforms initially in the wellbeing area and potentially later in the healthcare sector. With this concept Europe can promote its digital economy and help smaller and mid-size companies to establish a stake in these important fields. IBM is focused on supporting a diverse portfolio of companies in diverse industries with state-of-the-art information processing solutions that will drive future digital economies.”

What do you think will be the main benefits of the i3-MARKET to the end-users?

The availability of more useful IoT solutions more quickly and at lower cost can help drive the field away from the big data gathering companies that do not respect privacy.  The elimination of the need to build vertical silos with each sensing platform and therefore spread the benefits of European digital economy to more small and medium enterprises, which can make digital technology consumable and a cornerstone of future businesses. This will enable new business opportunities in the digital space.”

In your opinion, what’s the most exciting and inspiring thing about the i3-MARKET?

“Smart contracts that will allow exchange of IoT data without fear of loosing the investment as it is now the case with the normal internet platforms. Interaction with major players in Europe that are interested to cooperate as part of a future digital economy. Data exchange across different industry silos.”

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Newsletter #3

The Coordinator’s Foreword

We are pleased to launch v1 of the i3-MARKET Backplane!


This is an important milestone for our project and represents the culmination of the first 16 months of research. The Backplane is a system that allows users to access European datamarket places, to buy and sell data from different markets through a single interface, in a trusted, secure and private manner, while increasing the interoperability and useability of data sets.

The Backpane provides the support tools to promote a joint ecosystem for unifying European data marketplaces and data spaces and we will be working on testing it in various industrial settings, through our pilot testing. Thanks to all the partners who helped get us this far, and we’re looking forward to seeing v1 in action!


In this edition, you will learn about i3-MARKET’s launch of the Backplane, the pilot testing and our participation in events, as well as an introduction to consortium partners.

Launch of the i3-MARKET Backplane



The i3-MARKET Backplane is now live! Representing the culmination of the first phase of the project, the backplane is the results of the reference architecture, the mapping of the security, privacy and trust requirements and will now be tested in three different industrial settings.

In the words of Dr Martin Serrano, of Insight Centre, the Backplane provides the support tools to promote a joint ecosystem for unified European data marketplaces and data spaces, that can address the diverse needs that the demand side for data markets and spaces creates, and as a service provides a one-size-fits-all solution.

  • Architecture and Design

i3-MARKET will contribute to the growth of the European data market economy by providing solutions using blockchain-like technologies for managing data operations and transactions and encrypted-based technologies for data protection. This will be used for implementing the data markets integration and thus developing a trusted, decentralised backplane consisting of the following three pillars:

  • Three Pillars

The Backplane has been built around three key pillars: security, trust and privacy. By embedding these pillars from the initial design phase, we can ensure that the Backplane respects the rights of invididuals regarding their data, and that users can be feel safe and encouraged to use the marketplace. This will foster trust not just in the system itself, but in the wider European data marketplace, promoting growth and empowering European data providers, users and owners. 

  • Get Involved

You will soon be able to integrate and test the Backplane yourself, by visiting our software page

Pilot Testing

Smart Manufacturing


The consortium will implement and integrate the i3-MARKET backplane in three industrial domains (Industrial pilots), which will examine the viability of the implementation, test its reliability and validate whether it’s scalable in real industrial environments.

Industrial Pilot #1 Automotive Sector

In the data world of the automotive sector, Atos maintains the AGORA data marketplace which will be integrated into the i3-MARKET backplane. AGORA brings data supply and demand together and provides the possibility of efficient matchmaking through an open and brand-independent platform.

Industrial Pilot #2 Intelligent Manufacturing Sector
SIEMENS will offer their data on their products, manufacturing and supply processes through a single dataspace or marketplace offered by the i3-MARKET backplane. In this pilot, therefore, protection of sensitive industrial information is key.

Industrial Pilot #3 Healthcare and Wellbeing Sector
IBM provides various elderly care solutions and product, which will allow this pilot to leverage IoT technologies to address patients’ and relatives’ needs while protecting autonomy, privacy, safety, and focuses on enabling well-being in a cost-efficient manner.

“Open Data, Open Markets and Open Source Software Tools for European Marketplaces” Workshop



i3-MARKET hosted a Workshop at the BDVA Data Week, that identified and introduced technologies and solutions for a trusted (secure, self-governing, consensus-based and auditable), interoperable (semantic-driven) and decentralised (scalability) marketplace infrastructure.

The Workshop focused on open-source software technologies that enable federation via interoperability of the existing and future emerging data spaces and marketplaces.

You can see the presentations using the link below.

Event Recap

i3-MARKET at the European Big Data Value Forum 2021

i3-MARKET was thrilled to participate in the Data Forum, hosted by the EUHUBS4DATA project, on 30 March. Stratos Baloutsos was a speaker on the panel on Challenges that Businesses face in exploiting the European Data Market.

His presentation (available via the link below) explored the misconceptions around how businesses can use and monetise data, the current business models driven by data and how these can generate revenue, and the different challenges that these models face.

 

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i3-Market Contribution to BDVA/Dairo Projects Meeting

 

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Project Coordinator Achille Zappa took part in the BDVA/DAIRO Project Meeting on 21 April, presenting the i3-MARKET research on semantic data models for enabling/enhancing interoperability in Data Marketplaces, specifically on the DCAT Data Model Extension and OCASUS Ontology approach that the project is employing.
 

i3-MARKET consortium partners in the spotlight

In this edition, get to know SIEMENS, who are bringing their data expertise from the manufacturing sector!




Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Technology is the central in-house research unit at Siemens and works alongside the business units to drive forward the basic technologies that are important for the company as a whole.

In i3-MARKET, Technology research groups based in Germany and Romania drive requirements engineering, architecture derivation, and technical realization in close collaboration with the partners. They focus on Smart Contracts, Blockchain technologies, Data access API/SDK, and security, privacy and trust requirements, and lead together the Industrial Pilot #2 Intelligent Manufacturing Sector for validation of i3-MARKET solutions.

i3-MARKET Impact

Each month, we will be highlighting the impact the i3-MARKET can have by discussing with our partners what they do in i3-MARKET, why they are excited by the project and what they think the benefits of the project research will be.

You can learn about how i3-MARKET will help the  Athens University of Economics and Business and the European DIGITAL SME Alliance on our website.

Let’s stay in touch! 

If you are interested in the i3-MARKET project objectives, progress and results of activities, we encourage you to get involved and continuously follow i3-MARKET’s updates!

The i3-Market project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 871754.

 

 
 
 
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“Open Data, Open Markets and Open Source Software Tools for European Marketplaces” Workshop

"Open Data, Open Markets and Open Source Software Tools for European Marketplaces" Workshop

i3-MARKET hosted a Workshop at the BDVA Data Week, that identified and introduced technologies and solutions for a trusted (secure, self-governing, consensus-based and auditable), interoperable (semantic-driven) and decentralised (scalability) marketplace infrastructure.

The Workshop focused on open-source software technologies that enable federation via interoperability of the existing and future emerging data spaces and marketplaces.

You can see the speakers and presentations below.

Digital services are growing year on year, with data market economies scaling up, which provides strong opportunities for European companies.

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i3-MARKET Backplane Goes Live

i3-MARKET Backplane Goes Live

The i3-MARKET Backplane is now live! Representing the culmination of the first phase of the project, the backplane is the results of the reference architecture, the mapping of the security, privacy and trust requirements and will now be tested in three different industrial settings!

In the words of Dr Martin Serrano, of Insight Centre, the Backplane provides the support tools to promote a joint ecosystem for unified European data marketplaces and data spaces, that can address the diverse needs that the demand side for data markets and spaces creates, and as a service provides a one-size-fits-all solution.

Based on open source technology and architecture, the i3-MARKET backplane will exist to provide secure services to the expanding data market and data economy, by ensuring that security and privacy are included by-design. Further to this, the use of Open Source Software can ensure that the Backplane is available for all to use and can reach a larger audience and developer community, promoting the transformation of business industries towards open source technologies.

The Backplane will fill a gap in the current data economy, as digital services are suffering from a lack of support to ensure reliability and robustness, which it can offer through a federated, fully distributed environment.

 

Three Pillars

Security, privacy and trust are the three key pillars of the i3-MARKET Backplane, which is now available in its v1 release. The Backplane brings together the components from the Software Development Kit to allow different data marketplaces and data spaces to integrate and be accessed via common interfaces, formats and systems, through private and secure software that promotes trust in the data and in the transactions that take place.

This will allow companies to overcome previous barriers that were in place when trying to access datasets from different countries, contexts and marketplaces.

More Information

You can learn more about the Backplane through the links below:

Architecture and The Three Pillars

Deployment and Operation

Get Involved

You can test the Backplane and the Software Development Kit via our subdomain.

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