i3-MARKET: Intelligent, Interoperable, Integrative and deployable open source MARKETplace with trusted and secure software tools for incentivising the industry data economy


Duration: 36 months

Progress: M18

May 2021: i3-MARKET’s third newsletter is now available! Find out about the latest news of the project below:

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Newsletter #3

Welcome to the third edition of the i3-MARKET newsletter!

The Coordinator's Foreword

We are pleased to launch v1 of the i3-MARKET Backplane!


This is an important milestone for our project and represents the culmination of the first 16 months of research. The Backplane is a system that allows users to access European datamarket places, to buy and sell data from different markets through a single interface, in a trusted, secure and private manner, while increasing the interoperability and useability of data sets.

The Backpane provides the support tools to promote a joint ecosystem for unifying European data marketplaces and data spaces and we will be working on testing it in various industrial settings, through our pilot testing. Thanks to all the partners who helped get us this far, and we're looking forward to seeing v1 in action!


In this edition, you will learn about i3-MARKET's launch of the Backplane, the pilot testing and our participation in events, as well as an introduction to consortium partners.

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Launch of the i3-MARKET Backplane

The i3-MARKET Backplane is now live! Representing the culmination of the first phase of the project, the backplane is the results of the reference architecture, the mapping of the security, privacy and trust requirements and will now be tested in three different industrial settings.

In the words of Dr Martin Serrano, of Insight Centre, the Backplane provides the support tools to promote a joint ecosystem for unified European data marketplaces and data spaces, that can address the diverse needs that the demand side for data markets and spaces creates, and as a service provides a one-size-fits-all solution.

  • Architecture and Design

i3-MARKET will contribute to the growth of the European data market economy by providing solutions using blockchain-like technologies for managing data operations and transactions and encrypted-based technologies for data protection. This will be used for implementing the data markets integration and thus developing a trusted, decentralised backplane consisting of the following three pillars:

  • Three Pillars

The Backplane has been built around three key pillars: security, trust and privacy. By embedding these pillars from the initial design phase, we can ensure that the Backplane respects the rights of invididuals regarding their data, and that users can be feel safe and encouraged to use the marketplace. This will foster trust not just in the system itself, but in the wider European data marketplace, promoting growth and empowering European data providers, users and owners. 

  • Get Involved

You will soon be able to integrate and test the Backplane yourself, by visiting our software page

Learn About the i3-MARKET Backplane
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Pilot Testing

The consortium will implement and integrate the i3-MARKET backplane in three industrial domains (Industrial pilots), which will examine the viability of the implementation, test its reliability and validate whether it’s scalable in real industrial environments.

Industrial Pilot #1 Automotive Sector

In the data world of the automotive sector, Atos maintains the AGORA data marketplace which will be integrated into the i3-MARKET backplane. AGORA brings data supply and demand together and provides the possibility of efficient matchmaking through an open and brand-independent platform.

Industrial Pilot #2 Intelligent Manufacturing Sector
SIEMENS will offer their data on their products, manufacturing and supply processes through a single dataspace or marketplace offered by the i3-MARKET backplane. In this pilot, therefore, protection of sensitive industrial information is key.

Industrial Pilot #3 Healthcare and Wellbeing Sector
IBM provides various elderly care solutions and product, which will allow this pilot to leverage IoT technologies to address patients’ and relatives’ needs while protecting autonomy, privacy, safety, and focuses on enabling well-being in a cost-efficient manner.

Learn About the Pilot Testing
Read the full recap of the event →

"Open Data, Open Markets and Open Source Software Tools for European Marketplaces" Workshop


i3-MARKET hosted a Workshop at the BDVA Data Week, that identified and introduced technologies and solutions for a trusted (secure, self-governing, consensus-based and auditable), interoperable (semantic-driven) and decentralised (scalability) marketplace infrastructure.

The Workshop focused on open-source software technologies that enable federation via interoperability of the existing and future emerging data spaces and marketplaces.

You can see the presentations using the link below.

Read the full recap of the event →

i3-MARKET at the Data Forum

i3-MARKET was thrilled to participate in the Data Forum, hosted by the EUHUBS4DATA project, on 30 March. Stratos Baloutsos was a speaker on the panel on Challenges that Businesses face in exploiting the European Data Market.

His presentation (available via the link below) explored the misconceptions around how businesses can use and monetise data, the current business models driven by data and how these can generate revenue, and the different challenges that these models face.

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Data Forum - Business Challenges
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i3-Market Contribution to BDVA/Dairo Projects Meeting

Project Coordinator Achille Zappa took part in the BDVA/DAIRO Project Meeting on 21 April, presenting the i3-MARKET research on semantic data models for enabling/enhancing interoperability in Data Marketplaces, specifically on the DCAT Data Model Extension and OCASUS Ontology approach that the project is employing.
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Partner Spotlight

In this edition, get to know SIEMENS, who are bringing their data expertise from the manufacturing sector

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Technology is the central in-house research unit at Siemens and works alongside the business units to drive forward the basic technologies that are important for the company as a whole.

In i3-MARKET, Technology research groups based in Germany and Romania drive requirements engineering, architecture derivation, and technical realization in close collaboration with the partners. They focus on Smart Contracts, Blockchain technologies, Data access API/SDK, and security, privacy and trust requirements, and lead together the Industrial Pilot #2 Intelligent Manufacturing Sector for validation of i3-MARKET solutions.

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i3-MARKET Impact

Each month, we will be highlighting the impact the i3-MARKET can have by discussing with our partners what they do in i3-MARKET, why they are excited by the project and what they think the benefits of the project research will be.

You can learn about how i3-MARKET will help the  Athens University of Economics and Business and the European DIGITAL SME Alliance on our website.

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Let's stay in touch! 


If you are interested in the i3-MARKET project objectives, progress and results of activities, we encourage you to get involved and continuously follow i3-MARKET's updates!

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The i3-Market project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 871754. 

January 2021: i3-MARKET’s second newsletter is now available! Find out about the latest news of the project below:

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Newsletter #2

Welcome to the second edition of the i3-MARKET newsletter!

The coordinators' foreword

On behalf of the whole i3-MARKET consortium, we wish you a happy new year 2021!


2021 marks the second year of the project. More than ever, the demand for a single European Data Market Economy is soaring. i3-MARKET will continue to work towards this goal by innovating marketplace platforms and demonstrating with industrial implementations that the data economy growth is possible! 


In this edition, you will learn about i3-MARKET's latest news and events, the project's technical approach and consortium partners, as well as a funding opportunity from a partner project.

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Three pillars for building a Smart Data Ecosystem

On 23 October 2020, i3-MARKET held a webinar, co-organised with the BDVe project, explaining i3-MARKET's approach to tackle 3 big challenges of the Smart Data ecosystem: Trust, Security and Privacy:

  • Trust: Everything under control

With the blockchain technology, i3-MARKET provides an open, decentralized, consensus-based system with a shared and tamper-proof ledger. With verifiable credentials, the project aims to provide trusted attestations that could be issued by a trusted party, and self-presented and self-verified by any stakeholder.

  • Security: Unlock the data with a key

Via a protected hardware wallet, i3-MARKET provides cryptographic keys to secure transactions and data.

  • Privacy: Meet and overcome GDPR requirements

Through self-sovereign identity, zero-knowledge proof and explicit user consent, i3-MARKET users own their personal and sensitive data and maintain the control on data sharing / exchange.

Read the full recap of the event →
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Privacy, Data Protection, Security and Trust in a year of the global pandemic

Pitting technology against the pandemic, 2020 presented us with challenges – where to place the threshold of privacy protection and preservation, the risk of eroding public trust as we race to implement digital solutions, and opportunities – improved interoperability and data exchange may benefit the post-COVID world.

In this blog post, Vasiliki Koniakou, researcher in one of i3-Market’s partner organisations – Athens University of Economics and Business –demonstrates how data-driven technologies helped us cope with the pandemic crisis, while confronting us more than ever with challenges such as the availability of reliable data, interoperability, security, and trust as well as the limits of privacy and data protection law.  

Read the full blog post →
Read the full recap of the event →

DigitalAroundTheWorld

On 21 October 2020, i3-MARKET contributed to the DigitalAroundTheWorld conference with an experts panel on "Bringing the Data Platforms Perspective in IoT". Seven experts among the i3-MARKET partners were panellists in the session. They presented different perspectives on the evolution of Digital transformation and the role Data/AI/IoT technologies have played influencing it. The partners focused on four application areas of the project: Automotive Industry, Industrial IoT, Intelligent Manufacturing and Smart Health / Active Healthy Aging.

Read the full recap of the event →

i3-MARKET at the European Big Data Value Forum 2020

i3-MARKET was thrilled to participate in the European Big Data Value Forum 2020 from 3 to 5 November 2020. As a sponsor of the event, we had an online booth on the exhibition area. Through the forum's virtual tool Whova, we were able to meet data experts and have direct interaction with visitors. In addition to the virtual booth, the i3-MARKET coordinator, Dr. Martin Serrano from NUIG, held a 30-minute 'sponsor talk' in the plenary session on "Deployment of Secure and Trusted Data Marketplace Platforms in Europe", explaining the opportunities that AI and Big Data offer to Innovate the Single Digital Market Strategy.

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i3-Market Technical Overview

The i3-MARKET project will contribute to the growth of the European data market economy by providing solutions using blockchain-like technologies for managing data operations and transactions and encrypted-based technologies for data protection that could be used for implementing the data markets integration. Architecturally speaking, i3-MARKET uses trusted, federated and decentralised software components, enabling the integration of other marketplaces.
Learn more about i3-MARKET's approach and architecture

Partners' corner

EUHubs4Data Open Call for funding for data-driven SMEs, startups and Web Entrepreneurs


The Horizon 2020 project EUHubs4Data shares our target of a growing global data economy and common European data spaces.  

The project aims to build a European federation of Data Innovation Hubs by connecting key players in this area with data incubators and platforms, SME networks, AI communities, skills and training organisations and open data repositories. Cross-border and cross-sector data-driven experimentation will be facilitated through data-sharing and data- and service interoperability.


Open Call for funding: If you are a data-driven SME, startup or Web Entrepreneur, the EuHubs4Data First Open Call offers 60,000€ to develop your idea, as well as technical and business support, visibility and promotion! Deadline: 8 February 2021.

Application and more information

i3-MARKET consortium partners in the spotlight

In this edition, get to know Atos and AUEB!

Atos SE is a leader in digital services. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions and Transactional Services. Atos Research & Innovation (ARI) is the R&D hub for emerging technologies and a key reference for the whole Atos group. With more than 28 years of experience in running Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) projects, they have become a well-known player in the EU context.


In i3-MARKET, ARI combines the knowledge of two units’ teams; Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data & Robotics as well as the Transport Systems & Urban Mobility. The first unit is providing the technical leadership to build-up the i3-MARKET backplane- in conjunction with the overall solution deployment. The second unit is leading one of the three Industrial project pilots is known as Industrial Pilot #1 Automotive Sector.

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AUEB is the third oldest University in Greece; it provides education both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the fields of Economics, Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Management Science and Technology, Informatics, and Statistics.

AUEB is a leader among the higher education institutions of economics and business in Greece and the broader region.

AUEB is involved in i3-MARKET through the ELTRUN research lab, and the Athens Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin).

As a business centered institution, AUEB mainly supports the project’s business exploitation by formulating viable and sustainable business models for i3-MARKET as part of a broader project commercialization strategy that can also serve as a blueprint for data-marketplaces and other relevant actors in general.

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Let's stay in touch! 


If you are interested in the i3-MARKET project objectives, progress and results of activities, we encourage you to get involved and continuously follow i3-MARKET's updates!

Subscribe to the i3-MARKET newsletter

The i3-Market project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 871754. 

September 2020: i3-MARKET’s first newsletter is now available! Find out about the latest news of the project below:

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Newsletter #1

Welcome to the first-ever newsletter of the i3-MARKET project!

2020 is a difficult year amid COVID-19, but the i3-MARKET team has kept working from home, participating in and organising virtual events and activities which we present in this Newsletter!

You can get involved with the project by answering our survey on the effects of COVID-19 on the data marketplace economy or by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The coordinators' foreword

Intelligent, interoperable, integrative and deployable marketplaces


Digital transformation is a European Priority. Indeed, data and data marketplaces are the drivers of our future economy.

In today’s industrial market, despite various research and innovation attempts working on Big Data management, integration, and the commercialisation of data for personal and industrial use, there is no broadly accepted, trusted, and secure data marketplace.

i3-MARKET will address the necessity of developing lacking technologies and tools for a trusted data-marketplace ecosystem by enabling security, self-governing, consensus, and auditable elements, including privacy, with the objective to activate interoperable and intelligent data marketplace ecosystems with decentralised and scalable infrastructure(s). 

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The biggest challenges related to data marketplaces and data monetisation

On 23 July 2020, i3-MARKET hosted its first online workshop dedicated to the needs of potential end-users of the i3-MARKET solutions.

Through an open discussion and an interactive brainstorming session, the participants identified and discussed the biggest challenges related to data marketplaces, data usage and data monetisation:

1. Companies struggle with using the data they collect
2. Companies have trouble finding accessible data sets
3. There is a general lack of trust in data marketplaces

Learn more about these issues →
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How does COVID-19 affect Big Data and Data Marketplaces?

COVID-19 has significantly disrupted our economy. However, some of its impacts are also positive as more and more companies tend to digitalise and thus increase their competitiveness.

Without a doubt, none of the digital business models are possible without data. Therefore, the i3-MARKET project seeks to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on global data markets and Marketplaces.

Our survey targets both data users and data providers (SMEs and large companies, research institutions, etc.). 

Are you one of them? Then take two minutes to fill in the 5 multiple choice questions!

Stay tuned for the results by registering to our newsletter and following us on social media!

Participate in our survey →
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Our events

In the last months, you might have seen us in several events related to data marketplaces. Despite the circumstances, we have been doing our best to inform our audience and stakeholders about i3-MARKET's progress, participating in webinars and organising online workshops. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming events!

Partners corner

One of our partners, the Horizon 2020 project Big Data Value Ecosystem, has developed a marketplace for big data solutions.

The marketplace also features a match-making platform for those who upload their product or challenge.
Browse or upload solutions / innovations / challenges!

Visit the marketplace



In addition, i3-MARKET is involved and in cooperation with: 

  • FInES – Future Internet Enterprise Systems,
  • AIOTI  – Association for the Internet of Things Innovation
  • The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things.     
Learn more about i3-MARKET's ecosystem of partners and projects
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COVID-19 amid Research Activities

As a mainly digital project, we are in the lucky position to keep working on i3-MARKET with full force despite the current pandemic. We are staying connected to our stakeholders, building the platform, and informing the public about our progress!

It is our goal to contribute to a European data market infrastructure that helps you plug your data to the world—no matter if it rains, shines, or if there’s a global pandemic.

By using multiple views and based on experiences, the NUIG team has built easy-to-read documents to make your journey less painful and at the same time find your way to work from home more efficiently amid COVID-19.

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i3-MARKET partners in the spotlight

Each newsletter will feature two partners of the project. For this first edition, let us introduce you the coordinator, NUIG and the communication lead, DIGITAL SME.



Established in 1845, the National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUIG) has a long history of innovation. The Data Science Institute (DSI) is a dedicated research institute of NUIG. At DSI, research focuses on how to build a fundamental understanding of how information and knowledge are increasingly driving society through digital processes, and of the tools, techniques and principles supporting a data-enhanced world.

As the coordinator of i3-MARKET, NUIG is responsible for leading, delegating, and harmonising all tasks of the project.
NUIG’s lead will assure that the challenging objectives related to data markets and to the data economy will be effectively achieved.

NUIG researchers Dr. Martin Serrano and Dr. Achille Zappa are coordinating i3-MARKET

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European DIGITAL SME Alliance (DIGITAL SME) is the largest network of ICT small- and medium- sized enterprises in Europe, representing about 20.000 digital SMEs. The Brussels-based Alliance is the joint effort of 30 national and regional SME associations from EU member states and neighbouring countries to put digital SME at the center of the EU agenda. DIGITAL SME is a registered interest representative in the EU.

As communications lead of the i3-MARKET project, DIGITAL SME designs and implements the communication and dissemination strategy, coordinates and implements the content on the i3-MARKET website, organises dissemination events, produces newsletters and dissemination materials, and manages i3-MARKET's social media.

Justina Bieliauskaite, Déborah Goll and Moritz Zimmermann are DIGITAL SME's team working in i3-MARKET.

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Let's stay in touch! 


If you are interested in the i3-MARKET project objectives, activities progress and results, we encourage you to get involved and continuously follow the i3-MARKET activities

Subscribe to the i3-MARKET newsletter

The i3-Market project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 871754. 

i3-MARKET will develop technologies and solutions for a trusted (secure, self-governing, consensus-based and auditable), interoperable (semantic-driven) and decentralised (scalable) infrastructure for data-driven collaboration and federation of existing and new future marketplace platforms. The i3-MARKET Backplane will enable federation via interoperability of the existing and future emerging data spaces and marketplaces.

It will allow SMEs (as well as other stakeholders) to share, trade (monetize) their data assets, as well as to use and buy it from the others. Thus, it will incentivise and enable the creation of a more trusted European data market.

The i3-MARKET project will develop lacking technologies and tools that help overcome the main barriers of current data markets and economies, namely: openness and fairness limitations, security and privacy threats, interoperability issues.

DIGITAL SME leads the work package on dissemination, engagement and community building. The organisation is in charge of the communication strategy and the stakeholder engagement plan and the final report, will organise three dissemination events, produce newsletters and disseminational materials, coordinate the content of the i3-MARKET website and manage i3-MARKET’s activities on social media.

Besides, DIGITAL SME contributes to the use case definition and realisation with a special focus on the perspective of SMEs. Input will be collected through a dedicated workshop organized with SMEs around Europe.


The project is co-financed by the European Union under the Horizon2020 Research and Innovation programme.