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DATA SPACE INITIATIVES

Catalogue of data space initiatives and relevant support activities which are entirely Finnish or European projects with Finnish participants. The Data Spaces Alliance Finland curates the list, and the list shows Alliance members related to each project.

Catalogue last updated May 20. 2024

AgriDataSpace

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Members:

Agriculture and food production

1001 Lakes, DataSpace Europe

Scope:

EU

AgriDataSpace project aims to pave the way for a European data space for agriculture that facilitates data sharing, processing, and analysis in a secured, trusted, transparent and responsible manner to create new opportunities for monitoring and optimising natural resource use stimulating data-driven innovations.

Agrifood Data Space Finland

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Members:

Agriculture and food production

1001 Lakes, DataSpace Europe

Scope:

Finland

The AgriFood Data Space Finland consortium (AFDSF) was established in 2020. Its purpose is to enable the consortium's companies to transition to a data space in line with the European data strategy and to develop digital capabilities to meet future needs in collaboration with other consortium members.

Business Finland data economy program

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Members:

Project supporting data spaces

Business Finland

Scope:

Finland

The goal of the Data Economy program is to encourage Finnish companies to develop international business based on the utilization and sharing of data. The program will continue until the end of 2027 and its goal is to accelerate challenging development projects related to the data economy with up to 135 million euros.

CIRPASS-2

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Members:

Circular economy and digital product passports

IOXIO, Sitra, VTT

Scope:

EU

CIRPASS is preparing the ground for the gradual piloting and deployment of the Digital Product Passports, focusing on developing a roadmap for prototypes in three value chains: electronics, batteries and textiles.

Co2 ESG DataHub

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Members:

Smart cities and built environment

Platform of Trust

Scope:

Finland

The ESG DataHub ecosystem creates data-based tools for automated CO2 calculation and reporting, as well as shared information standards for the entire built environment ecosystem.

Data Spaces Innovation Lab

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Members:

Project supporting data spaces

VTT

Scope:

Finland

VTT’s Data Spaces Innovation Lab is an easy path forward for businesses that want to take part in this huge transition and opportunity. Based on IDSA reference testbed components, the Data Space Innovation Lab facilitates the testing of data economy concepts and preservation of data sovereignty in data sharing between companies and organisations.

Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC)

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Project supporting data spaces

VTT, Sitra, MyData

Scope:

EU

The Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC) is a project funded by the European Union. Three Finnish organisations, VTT, Sitra, and MyData Global, are full partners. The project will define a common set of rules to support data space work and create a digital support centre for data spaces.

Datamust

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Members:

Smart cities and built environment

Nokia, Loihde

Scope:

Finland

The DataMust project studies a local cell-based edge data marketplace concept that provides a vertically agnostic approach with high horizontal connectivity. This concept will enable the building of federated service-based solutions that bring all urban actors together to productise, enrich, share, refine, and trade data to maximise the Sustainable Development Goals' impact.

Destination Earth

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Members:

Green deal

CSC

Scope:

EU

DS4SKILLS

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Members:

Skills

Headai, MyData

Scope:

EU

The Data Space for Skills (DS4Skills) was a 1-year EU-funded project preparing for the development of an open and trusted European Data Space for Skills. The project involved 14 partners from industry, education, and data ecosystem sectors.

DSpace 4Mobility

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Members:

Mobility and logistics

VTT

Scope:

EU

PrepDSpace4Mobility was an EU-funded Coordination and Support Action (CSA) that contributed to the development of the common European mobility data space by mapping existing data ecosystems, identifying gaps and overlaps within, and proposing common building blocks and governance frameworks found in existing data space architectures.

European Green Deal data space

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Members:

Green deal

MML

Scope:

EU

Fin-CLARIN

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Members:

Language models and artificial intelligence

CSC

Scope:

Finland

FIN-CLARIN is a consortium formed by Finnish universities, CSC, and the Institute for the Languages of Finland. It assists humanities researchers in using, refining, preserving, and sharing research data. The Language Bank, which provides data and tools, is part of FIN-CLARIN's service package. The University of Helsinki is responsible for data acquisition, tool development, and training activities, while CSC is responsible for technical maintenance.

Finnish Maritime Data Space

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Members:

Mobility and logistics

Fintraffic, Siili, Sitra

Scope:

Finland

Currently, the traffic flow in ports is not optimised, and shipping companies lack an easy way to share operational data with other stakeholders, such as ports, other shipping companies, and ships. Ships rush at full speed to the vicinity of the continent, waiting until a docking space is confirmed from the port. This rushing increases fuel consumption, environmental impact, and transportation costs. To tackle these problems, Fintraffic coordinates the development of the Finnish maritime data space. The development started through two pilot projects that Sitra co-financed and continues, with in an EU project where Fintraffic aims to expand the NEMO data management system with data space capabilities.

FINNPASS – The Digital Product Passport (DPP) group for Finland

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Members:

Circular economy and digital product passports

VTT, Sitra, Struggle, TIF, DataSpace Europe

Scope:

Finland

Gaia-X Hub Finland

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Project supporting data spaces

NIIS, Sitra

Scope:

Finland

Gaia-X aims to develop and build a common data infrastructure that allows data to flow or be accessed within the European single market and beyond. The aim is to share data reliably and fairly so individuals and businesses can unlock its full value and create new services. 
Gaia-X Finland, co-ordinated by NIIS, is Finland's national Gaia-X hub. We work with Finnish companies to seize the opportunities presented by Gaia-X and contribute to co-creating future European data spaces. There are many opportunities for Finnish companies to participate.

IDSA HUB Finland

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Members:

Project supporting data spaces

VTT

Scope:

Finland

Location Europe

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Members:

Location data

MML

Scope:

Finland

The Location Europe data integration platform provides harmonised location data from different countries across Europe. We are able to integrate high-value datasets together and also add other than location-based data. The platform is operated under the Location Innovation Hub (LIH) and was originally developed in the GeoE3 project. The main idea is to provide testing possibilities for LIH clients.

Maritime traffic notification service NEMO

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Members:

Mobility and logistics

Fintraffic, Siili

Scope:

Finland

Fintraffic Vessel Traffic Services is proactively developing new digital service packages. One of these is the upcoming NEMO maritime traffic notification service – data from NEMO will be utilised in a variety of processes, such as monitoring the border crossings of persons, maritime search and rescue, overseeing the transport of hazardous substances, collecting fairway dues, port operation, safety and security surveillance, planning port state control and monitoring infectious diseases. Thanks to the new system, notification data on port visits by merchant ships will be smoothly sent to many different recipients on a centralised basis through a single system.

Potato-X

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Members:

Agriculture and food production

1001 Lakes, DataSpace Europe, Sitra

Scope:

Finland

This use case presents a collaboration between different participants, including Finnish potato farmers, an agricultural machinery manufacturer, the Belgian agricultural data ecosystem, and Finnish agricultural ecosystem builders. The aim is to share data on all aspects of potato farming – from planning, ploughing, planting, and maintenance to harvesting. The data, which includes soil quality, location, yield, and machinery use, is shared between two different data ecosystems. The ultimate goal is to create new business services and boost profitability and productivity for farmers. This will be achieved by establishing standards, business rules, governance systems, and connectors to facilitate data sharing between the two ecosystems.

Prometheus-X and the EDGE SKILLS project

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Members:

Skills

Headai

Scope:

EU

The objective of this project is to develop and deploy a cloud to edge infrastructure for educations and skills capable of connecting services and data, enbeling decentralized data sharing and to make this data space ecosystem accessible to all.

Public Sector Data Space working group

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Members:

Public administration

Kela, Sitra, NIIS

Scope:

Finland

The Public Sector Data Space group accelerates the development of life event and business event-based service suites as mentioned in the Finnish digital compass (national digitalisation strategy). The group brings together relevant public and private sector actors so that commonly understood information can flow seamlessly between different stakeholders. The group promotes data reuse, encouraged through data product thinking.

Road Map of Data Spaces

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Members:

Project supporting data spaces

LVM

Scope:

Finland

As part of the implementation of the Digikompassi project, the Ministry of Transport and Communications wants to develop a tool called the Data Spaces Roadmap to support the collaboration of data space projects. The roadmap outlines the high-level implementation stages of prioritised data spaces and any possible interdependencies. Additionally, it should support the creation of a shared situational awareness for data space projects, opportunities for collaboration, and, for example, the application for EU project funding.

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

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Members:

Research and innovation

CSC

Scope:

EU

Towards European Health Data Space (TEHDAS 2)

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Members:

Health

Sitra, CSC

Scope:

EU

The TEHDAS2 is a project of 30 EU countries with the mission to bring together the best current knowledge in order to develop, in active cooperation, guidelines and technical specifications for common use by all members states and the Commission for the implementation of the European health data space (EHDS) on the secondary use of health data. The main objective of the joint action is to prepare the ground for the harmonised implementation of common measures, enabling the secondary use of health data in the proposed EHDS.

Traffic Data Ecosystem

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Members:

Mobility and logistics

Fintraffic

Scope:

Finland

Traffic operators in Finland will join forces to create innovative data-use solutions and a fair digital operating environment within an open data ecosystem. This cooperation seeks to provide competitive and scalable traffic and mobility services for both Finnish and international markets – solutions that will enable safe, low-emission and user-oriented travel and transport chains that combine different modes of transport.

Trusted Ecosystem for Skills Foresight

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Members:

Skills

Headai, Sitra

Scope:

Finland

This use case involves building on the existing structures of a Gaia-X-compliant data space. The goal is to promote data sharing across different departmental silos within an organisation and external data related to skills. The ultimate goal is to create an AI tool that can benchmark and learn from an organisation’s real-time data, comparing it to leading skills in the sector. This will enable the company to predict its future skills needs for the next one, three, or five years. As a result, the company gains foresight that can be translated into actionable human capital, resource and skills development planning.

Trusted European Media Data Space (TEMS)

Sector:

Members:

Media and copyrights

1001 Lakes

Scope:

EU

The Trusted European Media Data Space (TEMS), funded by the European Commission until 2026, involves 43 partners from 14 countries and includes eight pilots. Finland’s contribution involves 1001 Lakes. The pilots share data across organisational boundaries, such as data for fact-checking, and develop multilingual search functions. This enables media content to be searched in one's own language from any content produced in any language spoken across Europe. This business-focused project aims to provide the media industry with tools for data-driven cooperation and open new data-driven business opportunities for industry players.

X-Road 8 "Spaceship"

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Members:

Project supporting data spaces

NIIS

Scope:

EU

In the X-Road 8 “Spaceship” proof of concept NIIS is validating the feasibility of replacing X-Road’s custom protocol stack with standard data space protocols and align X-Road’s trust framework with the Gaia-X trust framework. 

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