CEF eDelivery at International Data Spaces Association Summit 2019

The European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) promotes and maintains the CEF eDelivery Building Block, which enables organisations in the public and private sector to exchange data and documents securely and reliably. Increasingly, CEF eDelivery is expanding successfully into a large and growing number of sectors. As its use increases, the application areas for eDelivery are also diversifying. The CEF eDelivery team actively monitors usage trends in order to make sure that the CEF eDelivery specifications, software and services remain fit for purpose and address any new requirements that may emerge from them.

eDelivery is under increased consideration for secure data sharing. A key driver for secure and reliable data sharing is the Once-Only Principle. The Once Only Principle means that citizens and businesses provide diverse data only once in contact with public administrations, while public administration bodies take actions to internally share and reuse this data – even across borders – always in respect of data protection regulations and other constraints. In this context, eDelivery is looking to learn from related relevant initiatives for potential inspiration and synergies.

The International Data Spaces Association aims to bring together business and research organisations to take an active part in designing a trustworthy architecture for the data economy. The origins of the association differ from eDelivery, emerging from industrial data sharing initiatives like Industrie 4.0 in Germany, and in research projects funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. However, members of the association are now approaching data sharing in a broader range of use cases and are increasingly reaching out internationally.

The main deliverable of the Data Space Association is its Reference Architecture Model, which aims to enable data exchange in peer-to-peer networking in open, vendor-independent way. At a high level, this architecture has many similarities to the approach taken in CEF eDelivery. One of the key principles and innovations of the IDSA model is a concept of data sovereignty, which provides usage control of data from all domains.

IDSA Summit, June 2019

In June 2019, the IDSA held its second summit. Like other participants, CEF eDelivery participated to learn more about IDSA and to the use cases and pilots in which the architecture is being used. The Commission’s CEF team also made a pitch-presentation for eDelivery in which it expressed its intention to learn more about IDSA and to further explore synergies with IDSA. As a mature, proven and well-specified solution, supported by a wide range of conformant implements, components of eDelivery such as its AS4 profile could be of interest to IDSA. Conversely, concepts from IDSA, such as its approach to sovereignty, are likely to be of interest to future use of eDelivery for data sharing.

Last updated on  Jul 31, 2019 11:16

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