The ARDC Joins the International Data Spaces Association

We’re excited to be a new member of the International Data Spaces Association, which has created a secure system for sovereign and trusted data sharing.
International Data Spaces Association

The ARDC is excited to join the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) as a member.

IDSA aims to create the future of the global, digital economy and leads development of a standard for ‘data sovereignty’. 

With the support of over 140 member companies and institutions, they have created the International Data Spaces architecture which is a secure system for sovereign and trusted data sharing. 

International Data Spaces enable new smart services and innovative business processes to work across companies and industries while ensuring data sovereignty so that the control of data remains in the hands of data providers.

As Australia’s national digital research infrastructure provider, the ARDC will benefit from the strength of research and industry in data commons or data spaces to strengthen the digital research capability of Australia’s researchers through better access to more digital research, resources, training and events.

Lars Nagel, Chief Executive Officer of IDSA said, “We are proud to welcome the Australian Research Data Commons as a new member of IDSA. Their expertise in the field of research data brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our community. 

“With our first Australian member, we are now represented on 5 continents and can truly say that we are the INTERNATIONAL data spaces association. We are eager to collaborate with ARDC to further advance sovereign data sharing on a global scale – and help researchers effectively utilise their data.”

Rosie Hicks, CEO of the ARDC said, “The ARDC is creating thematic data commons to support leading-edge research. These data commons are trusted data spaces for interaction between research and the public and private sectors to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes. We look forward to our data commons being informed by and informing the international Data Spaces model.”

Learn more about our international partnerships.   

The ARDC is funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to support national digital research infrastructure for Australian researchers.


Adelle Coote, ARDC

Reviewed by

Shannon Callaghan, Dr Adrian Burton, Rosie Hicks (ARDC), Lars Nagel (IDSA)


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