Turbulent waters - approach with keen caution

Based on the IHAN Blueprint and the European Committee for Standardization CEN standardisation work Sitra invests in building a European scale testbed that can be used to test the IHAN fair data economy capabilities in practice.

As we are building and experimenting with the future capabilities, things may gloriously blow up in our faces or prove still too rough to use, and a lack of guides may not keep the most impatient entertained.

Built together with the leading companies in the field, the testbed is now in its first incarnation. This means that all the basic components are in place, but they are not yet fully integrated. Although based on production-ready technologies and services, the testbed itself currently offers a demo grade developer environment.

What can I do with it now?

Connect any API online to your own data sharing ecosystem

You can already give the new data product concepts a whirl and turn any existing data source API into a standardised data source. You need to build your own Productizer and manually create your first standard data products. However, this already proves how easy it is to enable access to any data online and how the existing APIs and data behind them can be used in the open data economy without huge integration costs.

Build interoperable applications with harmonised data

You can connect your mobile application, website or any other system with the Product Gateway and discover and query the data products from the network. This allows you to realise your ideas as new concepts that proves how the data can be used to create new business and services in real life. The IHAN community can offer support on how to conceptualise and design your service if you think you need help with it.

Take the first steps in productising data

Test productising data from your existing API to be used in applications. It requires relying on our draft data product standards or developing new ones with the IHAN community’s support. The data product standards are implemented using the Open API specification and JSON-LD format standards.

Use digital identities and authenticate users with a phone number or passport

A secure and user-controlled digital identity is the basis of the fair and transparent data economy. The OpenID Connect-based enrolment and authentication APIs (application programming interfaces) allow you to enrol new end users onto the testbed and authenticate them in your applications and data sources. The testbed supports a decentralised and secured data exchange between any registered third party in the network based on standardised tokens.

Utilise digital rights

In the first stage the testbed offers a cloud wallet for storing consent from authenticated users and validating their existence from the data sources. You can register your first data sources in the wallet and prove how to control the exchange of data within the data network. We will be introducing more capabilities for utilising other digital rights later on.

How to get started as a developer

The testbed is made for developers to build new applications using the provided APIs and data products in the network.

The testbed is currently at the invite-only alpha stage and is due to open publicly by the end of 2020 complete with a fully functional developer portal.

Send an email to ihan@sitra.fi to join now!