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DSSC Starter Kit for Data Space Designers

To support Data Spaces initiatives, the Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC) has launched a starter kit to help organizations navigate the complexities of creating data spaces and ensure their success. This toolkit aims to guide organisations through the challenges of building and maintaining a Data Space that meets the needs of all stakeholders. 

The starter kit also serves as an entry point to navigate the various supports provided by the DSSC for the data space community. The highlight of this iteration is a resource inventory that provides an overview of various state-of-the-art and state-of-practice resources available to organizations interested in creating or participating in data spaces. The resource inventories are intended to be inclusive, meaning they aim to showcase the wide range of work being done in this area.  

The DSSC’s efforts of addressing the challenges and utilizing the available resources align with the DS4Skills objectives to create a thriving and human-centred data ecosystem in Europe. Both projects will continue to work together in order to improve the sharing and use of information related to education, training, and skills

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The starter kit includes: 

  1. Data Spaces Start-up Checklist:  The following checklist follows the five disciplines in the BLOFT framework2: business, legal, operational, functional, technical. 
  2. Business: Value and Models: The following elements are important to data space business and governance models: Design approach; Business model radars for data-driven applications and data space participants; Data and organisational governance for data spaces. 
  3. Legal Landscape and Governance Models: The DSSC is helping to navigate the legal landscape of data spaces by identifying 6 areas that need to be considered in data transactions and facilitating infrastructure, outlining organisational enforcement and oversight tools, and providing an overview of data governance roles and responsibilities and promoting the full uptake of EU values in data spaces. 
  4. Functionality: Building blocks such as reference architecture, governance, interoperability, trust and data value need to be considered when setting up and using data spaces, to enable effective and trusted sharing of data among participants and create value. The Data Spaces Support Centre aims to achieve synergies by allowing participants to connect to other data spaces and use similar, compatible specifications and standards. 
  5. Technology: The DSSC aims to provide a landscape of compatible technology stacks including formal standard specifications, de-facto standard specifications, and open-source software projects and repositories, to make recommendations for data spaces functionality and achieve economies of scale. 
  6. Blueprinting Process: The DSSC is providing guidance on each building block of a data space through its common blueprint, which will include detailed specifications, standards, sample implementations, templates, instructions, and training materials to help organizations quickly set up their data space while ensuring interoperability and replicability and achieving economies of scale by using existing best practices and working with existing initiatives. 
  7. DSSC – Supports: The DSSC will support the data space community by providing expert consultation, a platform for knowledge and asset sharing, a help desk, toolboxes, and active engagement with a Community of Practice to drive adoption and continuously evolve with a user-centric approach through co-creation with stakeholders and sharing of lessons and experiences between data spaces. 
  8. Appendix: DSSC Glossary: Set of selected terms from the DSSC Glossary under development. These definitions may be subject to change. 
  9. Appendix: Resource Inventories: The DSSC resource inventories provide an overview of both the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in data spaces. Within this initial set of resources, there is an inclusive approach to showcase the breadth of ongoing work. The inclusion of a resource does not imply an official endorsement from the DSSC. Resources will be added and removed over time.