Environmental Data Spaces

In nature, everything is connected, but our data on the environment has been segregated.
We work together to bring information together – in Environmental Data Spaces. We identify high value use cases, define architectures and governance models, and test out solutions in concrete projects.
Join the Environmental Data Spaces Community to contribute!


What is a data space?

A data space is a data exchange where trusted partners share data for processing without sacrificing data sovereignty. Data spaces solve issues where data is not open, but which could be used if there was some degree of accessibility.

How Does a Data Space Support AI?

A data space pools digital resources from many organisations, which can be used as training data for more robust and scalable models.

What roles do data spaces play for the EU Green Deal?

The EU has defined a data strategy to underpin policymaking and monitoring of the green deal initiative. This data strategy builds on eight major data spaces.

Green Data Space Examples

Our Mission

The mission of the Environmental Data Spaces Community (EDSC) is to apply International Data Space standards and principles to environmental data, to increase the availability of high-quality data for any type of private or public decision making that impacts the environment. 

This work is essential to build the Green Deal data space that is part of the European data strategy. We consider our work to be successful when sustainable, effective data ecosystems are forming around this data space.

We take the long-term, infrastructure view on data spaces, as opposed to only collaborating in concrete projects. Our collaboration is informal, and free of cost.

We are active in the following work areas to support our mission:

A major work area of the EDSC will be to research how existing environmental national and international data infrastructures, like the INSPIRE spatial data infrastructure, can contribute to quick and efficient data space implementation. We intend to re-use as much previous work as possible, such as the existing data specifications for environmental data.

The architecture of the environmental data space(s) itself will be open and distributed. It builds on open standards and is vendor independent.

Your Contribution

You can contribute to this mission in many ways. Building the data infrastructure requires different perspectives, such as:
Hidden Data Treasures

As a data provider, which data resources do you currently have that can be valuable to others, but which can’t be open, and where control over usage is important?

Data Gaps

As a data user, are there cases where you have insufficient data, but know that other organisations have the data you would need? Why is that data not available to you?

Role and Engagement

You can scale your commitment from a more passive role to a facilitator or work area leader. Here are some examples of what roles are possible: