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The adoption curve of a new framework starts with compelling use cases featuring organizations that see the potential, can manage the risks, and have the support to lower the barriers to entry.

Basis of new opportunities

A series of use cases have been identified, driven by challenges that companies face and are hard to solve with the type of message forwarding and authentication technology currently in use. They are relatively easy to solve with the BDI infrastructure, however, and can form the basis of many new opportunities.

These use cases share several recurring characteristics, suitable for scaling across specific implementations.


Agency barrier

The value of controlled data sharing increases with the number of participants: the well-known network effect. The more organizations that adopt the framework and invest in the necessary components, the more attractive it becomes to participate.

However, there is an agency barrier at the beginning: an organization that invests in the bootstrapping of the network does not see a return on its extra investment. This means that the organizations that follow benefit from the one that breaks new ground. This first-mover disadvantage creates a barrier to kick-starting a data space.


Forms of support

Necessary forms of support to deliver in this phase, includes:

  • development of well-tested and secure open source components for basic functions;
  • testing in practice as an integrated system (security, performance, costs);
  • development of documentation and tools;
  • development of governance templates;
  • development of a support ecosystem;
  • support for organizations that are willing to initiate the bootstrap phase and act as an anchor for others wishing to participate.


DIL project

The DIL project is currently the main engine for this phase in the Netherlands. Other projects participate in a coordinated effort to create the critical mass.


BDI framework

The BDI framework has defined a stack of components, semantics and governance. Most components already have working code or even have services available on the market. Security assessments, code reviews and performance [link naar download] tests are being conducted.


BDI Incubator

The BDI Incubator helps communities that are contemplating starting their own mini-data space in response to a specific challenge with setting up a dry run, including technology, semantics, and governance aspects.


EDC connector

The integration of the EDC connector in the BDI authentication and authorization protocols that has been investigated and is under development, would ease participation in IDSA data spaces.


Support ecosystem

The support ecosystem is starting to appear on the market.

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