Technical access to the International Data Spaces ecosystem

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Connector architecture from the IDS reference architecture model (RAM)

The connector is a software installed by the participating company or a platform thereby providing technical access to the IDS ecosystem. A connector can consist of monolithic or self-contained software, or simply a combination of various existing software, in compliance with the specifications of the Reference Architecture Model (RAM) and the International Data Spaces certification criteria building on that.


The IDSA Dataspace Protocol is a set of specifications designed to facilitate interoperable data sharing between entities governed by usage control and based on Web technologies. These specifications define the schemas and protocols required for entities to publish data, negotiate usage agreements, and access data as part of a federation of technical systems termed a dataspace.

Fraunhofer connectors

The section that follows presents the individual connectors that have been developed by Fraunhofer within the framework of research projects under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Data Spaces Research Center. Connectors are differentiated between those for x86-64 servers and IoT sensors.


Eclipse Dataspace Connector

The Eclipse Dataspace Connector is an OSS originated at Fraunhofer ISST, which implements the concept of data sovereignty of the International Data Space in terms of data exchange.


Trusted Connector

Certification profile: Trust/Trust+ |
License: OpenSource/Apache2


The Trusted Connector is an open IoT edge gateway platform that can be easily adapted for other fields of application. It is a reference implementation of the International Data Spaces security architecture and trust profile.


Open Data Connector

Certification profile: Base Free / Base | License: Apache 2.0


Out-of-the-box connector for publishing data as Open Data. The connector provides adapters for different data source types and provides a lean specification for developing new data source adapters.