Talking with… Christoph Mertens

In today’s economy, data plays a central role. It has never been easier to collect, store and process it. That’s why it’s not just a matter of making good use of existing data, for example to optimize processes. Rather, data itself is becoming an economic asset – and handling one’s own data treasure is one of the greatest challenges for companies. This applies in particular to the exchange of data across company boundaries. But what happens when there is no data sovereignty and data security cannot be guaranteed? This is where the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) comes in with a reference architecture model that sets data security and sovereignty.

In the AI Marketplace, we also place great emphasis on the topic of data security and therefore rely on certified standards, which at the same time form the basis for fair cooperation. Find out how this can look in practice in the interview with Christoph Mertens, Head of Adoption at IDSA:

The International Data Spaces (IDS) is an initiative with the goal of creating a secure, cross-domain data space that enables companies of various industries and all sizes to manage their data assets with confidence. The basis for this is a reference architecture model developed by twelve institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as part of the research project of the same name funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The International Data Spaces Association is driving the activities for the consolidation of the IDS not only in Germany, but also throughout Europe and internationally. Further information can be found here:

Other interviews can be found here:

Marc Foullois, Fraunhofer IEM
Ulrich Ahle, FIWARE Foundation
Ruslan Bernijazov, Fraunhofer IEM
Dr. Alain Pfouga, prostep ivip e.V.

News & Events


Talking with… Dr. Alexander Schulz

The vision of the AI Marketplace is to significantly increase the quality and efficiency of product creation processes through the use of artificial intelligence. But […]

Beitragsbild Hinterland Hack

Hinterland Hack brings new ideas for the AI Marketplace

Seven companies, over 60 participants, 48 hours of hacking and 5,000 euros for the winning team – that's the Hinterland Hack 2021 in a nutshell. Also there as a challenge owner – the AI Marketplace.

Beitragsbild Website_AI Day

📅 AI Day – How AI redesigns Product Creation

Artificial intelligence (AI) in product creation holds great potential for economic growth and increased productivity. The AI Day hosted by it's OWL and prostep ivip will demonstrate concrete examples.


AI in product creation – what does current research say?

Where is artificial intelligence used in product creation and where is it suitable to work with data-centric methods? By analyzing 40 existing studies and 94 […]

KI Marktplatz trifft UNITY final

📅 AI Marketplace meets UNITY

The virtual event “AI Marketplace meets UNITY” focuses on the potentials and challenges in the use of AI solutions from our customer environment. In addition to an impulse for building an AI strategy and good practices for the development of data-driven products, the success story “ServiceNavigator” will also be highlighted.

Beitragsbild Hinterland hack

📅 Hinterland Hack 2021

Build your business model for a real industry challenge. Validate your business case in 48 hours. Partner with global players of German Mittelstand and get your startup on the grid. Apply now and make it happen!

Beitragsbild Website

📅 Inside it's OWL: AI Marketplace

Get to know the challenges, potentials and interim results of artificial intelligence and product creation and discuss fields of application and implementation possibilities in the real environment with experts from science and business.


📅 AI Marketplace meets IDSA

The upcoming virtual event “AI Marketplace Meets IDSA” is all about data spaces and will be co-hosted by the AI Marketplace and the International Data Spaces Association.

Beitragsbild Whitepaper

FIWARE Whitepaper: AI Marketplace as a showcase for Digital Transformation

A white paper of our partner FIWARE Foundation focusses on the role played by artificial intelligence (AI) in shaping the future experience of Smart Cities. It also showcases projects such as the AI Marketplace and how they are introducing the relevant framework for the creation of data spaces.


AI Marketplace and AI Living Lab celebrate successful datathon premiere

“Turning data into gold” – that was the credo of the Industrial Datathon , jointly organized by the AI Marketplace and the AI Living Lab. Around 30 heads raced last week to solve real challenges from industry. The win – an implementation project in the AI Real Lab – came as a surprise to the winning team.


More than a platform – AI offerings for SMEs

Analyses, quick checks and expert feedback: Take advantage of our free AI offerings for your company. There are already free services that small and medium-sized companies in particular can use to tap the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in product creation.


📅 AI Marketplace meets FIWARE

The upcoming virtual event “AI Marketplace meets FIWARE”, within the FIWARE AI DAY, will focus on how open source-based AI marketplaces can unlock benefits for AI offerings, especially in the product development space.