Data Spaces Support Centre: Blueprint v0.5 is out!


Data spaces are emerging in many sectors and industries, while the European Commission is funding several data spaces under the Digital Europe programme. The EU Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC) released the Data Spaces Blueprint (v0.5) to support ...

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Data spaces are emerging in many sectors and industries, while the European Commission is funding several data spaces under the Digital Europe programme. The EU Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC) released the Data Spaces Blueprint (v0.5) to support such initiatives in the future. The Blueprint is here to become the first guide accompanying the reader through the challenging journey of creation and operation of a data space.

The Blueprint’s aim is to establish common practices and to promote interoperability and  standardisation in order to accelerate the development of scalable Common European Data Spaces. In this way, DSSC contributes to the European leadership in the data economy. This  publication marks the start of a systematic and continuous dialogue with relevant stakeholders, e.g., data space participants, implementers, policymakers and further initiatives interested to jointly defining and sharing best practices across the participants and market players.


What you can expect from the Data Spaces Blueprint v0.5  

This first blueprint publication comprises elements for initiating, developing and operating data spaces, including a conceptual model, building blocks and a glossary. DSSC has chosen to share this preliminary version of the Blueprint to provide all stakeholders with the chance to learn from the very early stage of its creation and to contribute to it.

As data spaces play a pivotal role in fostering a fair data economy within the Digital Single  Market in Europe, it is critical for all stakeholders to be involved in such dialogue while defining the guidelines to facilitate data exchange and safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders when it comes to data sovereignty, trust, interoperability and value creation.

As part of the European Data Strategy, initiatives like the Digital Europe programme are investing in these data spaces to benefit several economic sectors. Data spaces are distributed systems, defined by a robust governance framework, that enable secure data transactions, support trust and empower participants to be sovereign over their data.

The published Blueprint sets the foundation towards the harmonisation of data spaces in  Europe, describes how to get started with data spaces and supports the design, evaluation, and evolution of these components of the digital ecosystems that will become vital in the future of the Union’s data economy. The following sections dive deeper providing references for detailed information on each component.

About the Glossary 

The DSSC Glossary describes a relevant set of data space related terms. It fosters smooth information sharing and collaboration among different data space initiatives and stakeholders. It also establishes a common vocabulary and provides coherence for DSSC publications and communications. It is easy to find the terms you need, from core concepts to European regulations. It will grow over time while data spaces and collaborations are growing.

About the Conceptual Model  

The Conceptual Model can be pictured as the map to understanding data spaces. It defines the core concepts and relationships within these dynamic ecosystems. This model helps data spaceinitiatives create a shared understanding of what a data space entails. In this Conceptual Model, you will encounter fundamental concepts and relationships which provide a high-level view of the scope of a data space and its constitutes. This includes architectural concepts and terminologies providing formal definitions for a common language used consistently across the  DSSC blueprint and its building blocks.

 About the Building Blocks  

Structure is essential in the realm of data spaces. The goal is clear: fast-track data spaces,  encourage focus on objectives, and foster interoperability. You can find the building blocks  falling into two categories:

  1. Organisational & Business: Covering business models, governance, and legal  They ensure effective data space operation;
  2. Technical: Focusing on technical capabilities. They provide the required functionality tobuild the digital components of the data space.


Get involved in the next Data Spaces Blueprint version

The Data Spaces Blueprint is a dynamic document – and you can contribute to the next  versions. Further blueprint versions will be regularly published by DSSC together with its  stakeholders. The next Blueprint v1.0 can be expected around April 2024.  Data Spaces are an evolving concept and the DSSC Blueprint will evolve accordingly, bringing in each release more detail and value.

For more information on how to get involved, just visit DSSC Support and select “Get Involved”. For further information


BDVA is an active partner in DSSC and combines its expertise with the rest of the consortium members (12 partners in total), to accelerate the formation of sovereign data spaces as a crucial element of EU’s digital transformation in all areas.