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A new vision for infratech: governance and value network integration through federated data spaces and advanced infrastructure services for a resilient and sustainable future : Policy brief

  • Twenty-first century infrastructure needs to respond to changing demographics, becoming climate neutral, resilient and economically affordable, while remaining a driver for development and shared prosperity. However, the infrastructure sector remains one of the least innovative and digitalised, plagued by delays, cost overruns and benefit shortfalls (Cantarelli et al. 2008; Flyvbjerg, 2007; Flyvbjerg et al., 2003; Flyvbjerg et al., 2004). The root cause is the prevailing fragmentation of the infrastructure sector (Fellows and Liu, 2012). To help overcome these challenges, integration of the value chain is needed. This could be achieved through a use-case-based creation of federated ecosystems connecting open and trusted data spaces and advanced services applied to infrastructure projects. Such digital platforms enable full-lifecycle participation and responsible governance guided by a shared infrastructure vision. Digital federation enables secure and sovereign data exchange and thus collaboration across the silos within the infrastructure sector and between industries as well as within and between countries. Such an approach to infrastructure technology policy would not rely on technological solutionism but proposes the development of open and trusted data alliances. Federated data spaces provide access to the emerging data economy, especially for SMEs, and can foster the innovation of new digital services. Such responsible digital governance can help make the infrastructure sector more resilient, efficient and aligned with the realisation of ambitious decarbonisation and environmental protection targets. The European Union and the United States have already developed architectures for sovereign and secure data exchange.

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Author:Michael Max BühlerORCiDGND, Thorsten JelinekORCiD, Konrad NübelORCiDGND, Norman Anderson, Glenn Ballard, Mark Bew, David Bowcott, Kai Broek, Gerd Buziek, Isabel Cane, Raffaele Della Croce, Harry Dimitriou, Dale Evans, Jeff Herriman, Volker Kefer, Isidora Kosta, Thomas Maier, Ibrahim Odeh, Rafael Sacks, Thomas Schmid, Hajnalka Vaagen
Parent Title (English):Think20 (T20) Italy 2021 - Task Force 7: Infrastructure Investment and Financing
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Publication:2021
Contributing Corporation:Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)
Release Date:2021/09/24
Page Number:27
Open Access?:Ja
Relevance:Sonstige Publikation
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International