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i3-MARKET White Paper Released

i3-MARKET Publishes White Paper

This paper examines the opportunities and challenges that European data marketplaces provide, before looking at how the i3-MARKET open source solution is being deployed in three sectors to enable greater access to data for European companies.

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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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Meet the Partner: The Athens University of Economics and Business

Meet the Partner: The Athens University of Economics and Business

Each month, we will be asking one of the project partners about 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. This month, the Athens University of Economics and Business!

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

AUEB is mainly engaged with the project’s business exploitation, its business models, and the legal and privacy related issues that arise from such and endeavor within the scope of GDPR. More specifically, AUEB is working towards formulating viable and sustainable business models for i3-MARKET as part of a broader project commercialization strategy. Furthermore, this work requires an in-depth research of the complex regulatory and legislative framework to ensure accordance with EU law, privacy, and data protection by-design.

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

As AUEB is an academic institution we are very excited for this role as it has opened up the possibility to research business models and their legal and business nuances in the new and evolving sector of data marketplaces. For us, i3-MARKET offers a unique window to research innovative data-driven business models in a complex real-life scenario. This research can allow us to enhance our academic understanding through high-impact publications and transfer this new knowledge to our students.

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

i3-MARKET can have a very positive effect on its addressed audience. First it can help towards further connecting the highly segmented data sector in Europe by providing tools and knowledge. Its positioning as a backplane for marketplaces can allow actors to try and experiment with different tools such as smart contracts and enhance their value offering.

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

In i3-MARKET we do cutting-edge technology, business and law research that has human rights and human values at its core. To us “the missing link between Europe’s data marketplaces” is more than technology. Hence, we do not merely seek to revolutionize data sharing and data sharing technologies, but also humanize data sharing means and methods, embedding human rights such as privacy, and values such as trust into the design characteristics and data sharing procedures. Within the rapidly evolving and expanding sector of data sharing, filled with challenges and open questions, it is both inspiring and refreshing being part of a multicultural, interdisciplinary team that is devoted in ethical research and value-sensitive innovation. Finally, it is exciting and at the same time rewarding, that, focusing on privacy and open source, we strive to make a point about how innovation and value creation is by no means incompatible with fundamental rights, and community contribution.

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i3-MARKET Coordinator to present “Semantic data models for enabling/enhancing interoperability in Data Marketplaces” in BDVA/DAIRO Meeting

BDVA/DAIRO Meeting

i3-MARKET Coordinator to present "Semantic data models for enabling/enhancing interoperability in Data Marketplaces" in BDVA/DAIRO Meeting

Project Coordinator Achille Zappa took part in the BDVA/DAIRO Project Meeting on April 21, 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.

The meeting brought together different projects that are associated with the BDVA and was an opportunity to present recent information from the use cases that i3-MARKET has analysed, and discuss with other projects on how interoperability can be enhanced.

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Meet the Partner: The European DIGITAL SME Alliance

Meet the Partner: The European DIGITAL SME Alliance

Each month, we will be asking one of the project partners about 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. First up, the European DIGITAL SME Alliance!

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

DIGITAL SME are part of i3-MARKET to make sure that the right people hear about the project: the end-users, the policymakers and the companies that are the backbone of the European data market and ecosystem and that can benefit from a better integrated European data market, and it is our job to talk to them.

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

The European Digital SME Alliance works with companies that are considered innovators or frontrunners when it comes to the adoption or creation of new technologies. Yet even our members know that we are only scratching the surface when it comes to the use of data in Europe, and to achieve its potential Europe will need improve access to, and accessibility of, data, and i3-MARKET can make this happen. We are also involved in numerous other European initiatives, where i3-MARKET’s solution could be adopted or serve as a model for data federation among different stakeholders. 

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

By connecting and expanding existing, siloed, data marketplaces, producers and sources in Europe, i3-MARKET will greatly enhance European companies access to, and ability to use, buy and sell, a wider variety of data in a secure, trustworthy and transparent manner. i3-MARKET will be an invaluable resource for all types of companies, from data aggregators to analytics companies, and connecting buyers to sellers will directly promote European innovation and a European data market that not only reflects European values, but ensures European digital sovereignty.

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

We are slowly beginning to see the impact of data strategies and application on everyday life, even with a fragmented data market. The possibilities and achievements that can be realised through greater accessibility to data have the potential to change the world, and i3-MARKET can help make that happen!

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Stratos Baloutsos presents the Business Challenges of the European Data Market

Stratos Baloutsos presents the Business Challenges of the European Data Market

Stratos Baloutsos took part in the EUH4D Data Forum on 30 March, representing i3-MARKET. He was a speaker on the panel on Challenges that Businesses face in exploiting the European Data Market.

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

He then explained how Data-marketplaces can help these models achieve sustainability, by solving the “chicken and egg” problem and benefiting data owners, users and providers. He concluded by explaining that as a tool for integrating multiple data marketplaces , i3-MARKET can make it easier for businesses to exploit European data and power the growth of the European Data Market.

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