Data Spaces Discovery Day Vienna: Recap

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, the first Data Spaces Discovery Day Vienna (DSDD23) took place at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel. The aim of the event, organized by DIO and IDSA, was to introduce all participants to the practical applications of data sharing in a business context. Mobility, energy, resilience, and sustainability stayed in the main focus.

Welcome Addresses from State Secretaries and their Representatives


Facing the fact that the agenda of DSDD23 was full of highly relevant topics discussed by excellent speakers, it’s a challenge to present them in a nutshell. It might feel like a sprint run, and yet this is the actual reflection of speed changes that are happening when it comes to Data Spaces.

Günther Tschabuschnig  and Ute Burkhardt  kicked off the event and welcomed State Secretaries and Representatives: Florian Tursky, Susanne Kraus-Winkler, Peter Švec and Ben Brake. All of them had important messages to the audience.

Tursky emphasized Europe’s opportunities in the global data-driven landscape. Kraus-Winkler presented the Austrian Micro Data Center for tourism and advocated for linking Austria’s evolving hubs. Švec discussed Slovakia’s new International Data Spaces Association hub and emphasized the need for collaborative digital transformation. Brake highlighted the importance of leveraging high-quality data to drive a thriving digital economy while addressing the issue of unused data.

When Erich Albrechtowitz and Michael Wiesmüller took the stage, they spotlighted the vital role of dynamic data and the necessity of Data Spaces and sovereign ecosystems for progress. Albrechtowitz drew parallels to Silicon Valley and set up in this vision a new bridge for Europe. Wiesmüller highlighted the urgency, and pointed at challenges like food waste and natural disasters, especially in the green digital twin landscape. The call-to-action of all speeches was clear: immediate steps with initiatives like the Green Data Hub are the right response to climate change. It’s more than a vision—it’s time to act.



How Data Spaces boost digital transformation by Reinhold Achatz and How to use case: From business scenarios to successful Data Spaces by Lothar Fischmann were two keynotes which followed the entry speeches and made a bound to the practical aspect of Data Spaces.

Throughout his talk, Achatz highlighted the comprehensive benefits that Data Spaces provide, emphasizing their role in supporting data ownership, fostering trust through intentional design, and promoting interoperability with standardized interfaces. Achatz talked about how Data Spaces create new business opportunities and models, emphasizing value creation through cost-sharing, joint innovation, shared marketplaces, process optimization, and service opportunities.

In his presentation, Fischmann emphasized a pragmatic approach to navigating the complexities of data-driven initiatives. He urged the audience not to delve into explanations or analyses of unfamiliar concepts, but rather focus on understanding the success factors relevant to their endeavors. Fischmann advocated for a proactive learning strategy and running multiple experiments simultaneously to accelerate comprehension of the environment. A key takeaway from his talk was the importance of developing success stories around use cases to elucidate the tangible benefits of Data Spaces, making the concepts more accessible to a broader audience.

Data Space Lighthouses


After the first break, it was time for numerous Data Space lighthouses and success stories. These talks concentrated on the key factors for success: strong cooperation between tech and business, a vibrant exchange fostering interoperability, community commitment to invest time and energy in Data Spaces, the need for trusted and user-friendly infrastructure investment, and a collective push for increased data literacy in companies and organizations.

Omega-X: An energy data space to boost the European data economy – Alberto Berreteaga
Gaia-X 4 Future Mobility: Applications & services for overall mobility – Markus Ketterl
Data Space Mobility: Data Space for tomorrow’s mobility – Michael Schäfer
EONA-X: Transforming data into services for mobility, transport and tourism – Dominique Epardeau – Fritz Fahringer
Green Data Hub: Fight climate crisis with Data Spaces – Dennis Pregesbauer
Catena-X – Open and collaborative data ecosystem for automotive supply chains | Cofinity-X – How it is operated – Ute Burkhardt & Matthias Buchhorn-Roth

Practical Applications & Workshop


The focus of workshops was put on exploring the practical applications that form a solid foundation for Data Spaces. In the afternoon, all event guests could participate either in one of two parallel presentation sessions, Stream 1 and 2, or in a workshop titled „Use Case Ideation: Mobility & Tourism“ organized by Standortagentur Tirol & co-organized by Upstream Mobility.

The following presentations were featured on Stream 1:

NOI Techpark: Data driven Decarbonizing the Brenner Pass – Roberto Cavaliere
European Rail Data Space – Meike van’t Hoen
Future Mobility: Virtual development & validation of autonomous driving systems – Markus Ketterl
Tourism Data Space: Use Case Mobility – Christina Hubin
Pioneering Data Spaces for agricultureRaul Palma

The following presentations were featured on Stream 2:

Data Intelligence Hub: Share, process, analyze data on own terms while maintaining data sovereignty – Nina Popanton & Philipp Reusch
Green Deal Data Space: Towards the optimization of circular economy and transparency of supply chains – Reinhold Achatz
champi4.0ns – the wood data space: Traceability through sovereign data sharing – Elias Lanbach & Fabian Lächler
dataSChare: Data Spaces for Supply Chains – Angela Fessl & Gert Breitfuss

Circular Economy Data Space


The launch of the Circular Economy Data Space was officially announced, in which data-driven, decentralized, and, above all, sustainable solutions are to be developed across industries and sectors. A broad partnership consisting of DIH Süd, Coca-Cola, Willhaben, Fraunhofer Austria, Ecobat, ARA, Joanneum Research, Circular Economy Forum Austria, Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, FH Kärnten, Digi-Cycle, Know-Center and Ubimet plans to work together on a greener future.

Afterwards, the parallel sessions continued, including insightful presentations covering the following topics:

Functional considerations to bear in mind when establishing a Data Space

Data Spaces: what is needed, how is it built – IDSA Rulebook as foundation – Peter Koen & Julien Adelberger
Standard for Data Spaces – IDS Architecture & Dataspace Protocol – Sebastian Steinbuss
How Gaia-X complements to Data Spaces – Gaia-X labelling & Gaia-X trust anchor – Roland Fadrany
How open source realizes Data Spaces – EDC & EDWG – Peter Koen
Trust is key in a data space – IDS Certification – Sonia Jimenez
Data Spaces interoperability: Insights from the field – Sonia Jimenez & Victor Mireles-Chavez

Operational aspects crucial to be taken into account within the realm of Data Spaces

Data Governance Act & the IDS Legal Framework: Making Data Spaces legally compliant – Söntje Hilberg
iSHARE trust framework for Data Spaces – Gerard van der Hoeven
Gaia-X in Austria a specific view – Helmut Leopold
How to build a data space community – Lisa KolarMarcos Moschovidis
Easy way for SME to implement a data space – Natascha Totzler

New IDSA Ambassadors


With the conclusion of the presentations, the focus now shifted to the commendable individuals who have taken up the role of IDSA Ambassadors: Günther Tschabuschnig, Alberto Berreteaga Barbero,  Arian Firouzbakhsh,  Markus Ketterl,  Peter Koen and Michael Schäfer. Their contributions play a pivotal role in fostering the adoption and deepening the understanding of Data Spaces.

Agile Stage Session & Farewell


Peter KoenSebastian SteinbussRoland FadranyArian Firouzbakhsh and Natascha Totzler, closed the event with a clear message: Join Data Spaces now!

Günther Tschabuschnig  and  Ute Burkhardt invited everyone to the data party, which was another great chance to network and exchange ideas at a drink and finger food.

We would like to thank all the attendees, speakers and the DSDD23 sponsors: Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation & Technologie, FFG Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbHBundesministerium für Finanzen, Know Center, Standortagentur Tirol,,Ernst & Young, Bundesrechenzentrum

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