Smart Data – Innovations in Data

Presseinformation / 6.11.2015

On 05 November, the Smart Data Dialog, a panel discussion of the technology program “Smart Data – Innovations in Data” took place in Berlin, and the position paper “Smart Data Business Models” was presented and discussed on this occasion.

The accompanying research of the Smart Data technology program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has identified first results and areas for specific action from the work of the special interest group “Economic Potential and Social Acceptance”. These were presented in a position paper to about 100 guests from business, science, and government. The discussion was primarily about how better incentive structures can be created to encourage the release of data on the part of private companies and public institutions in order to generate added economic or social value.

The event was hosted by the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (German Informatics Society, GI), whose president Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer is also the executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern. The GI is part of the accompanying research on Smart Data, and through Prof. Liggesmeyer, Fraunhofer IESE is thus also directly involved in this new technology program of the German government.

In his speech on the occasion of the start of the Smart Data technology program, Liggesmeyer said: “In the future, primarily those Smart Data business models, products, and services will establish themselves on the market that allow the customer to maintain control over data sovereignty – in other words, those that commit to the principle of Data Usage Control – and which thus strengthen the trust between provider and customer.” Data Usage Control is one of the key research areas at Fraunhofer IESE. This field also includes many other topics in which Fraunhofer IESE is actively engaged in research. Liggesmeyer continued: “On the other hand, it must be possible to continually expand the innovation potential of Smart Data business models, products, and services. Currently this is working mainly on the basis of subscription-type business models where products are billed and delivered on a recurrent basis. This means that computing center capacities or software are included more and more often in subscriptions. There are already other industries that use this system as a guideline, but these are close to the IT industry. In addition to software, food, films, and other products are being sold via subscription today, with the business model frequently working via apps, databases, or Big Data analytics.”

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems engineering methods. A major portion of the products offered by its customers is defined by software. These products range from automotive and transportation systems via automation and plant engineering, energy management, information systems and health care to software systems for the public sector. The institute’s software and systems engineering approaches are scalable, which makes Fraunhofer IESE a competent technology partner for organizations of any size from small companies to major corporations.

Under the leadership of Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dieter Rombach, the contributions of Fraunhofer IESE have been a major boost to the emerging IT hub Kaiserslautern for close to twenty years. In the Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group, the institute is cooperating with other Fraunhofer institutes to develop trend-setting key technologies for the future.

Fraunhofer IESE is one of 66 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Together they have a major impact on shaping applied research in Europe and contribute to Germany’s competitiveness in international markets.

About Smart Data – Innovations from Data
With the technology program “Smart Data – Innovations in Data”, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is funding a total of 13 flagship projects with about 30 million euros from 2014 to 2018. These projects are intended to open up the future market of Smart Data technologies for the German economy. The BMWi is funding the program with 30 million euros, and the involved companies and organizations are contributing an additional 25 million euros, so that the total funding volume of this program is approx. 55 million euros. Smart Data is part of the new high-tech strategy and the digital agenda of the German federal government.

Further information about the Smart Data technology program can be found at