The digital networking of the world is forging ahead. This makes new business models, smart services and innovative service offerings possible. The prerequi-site for this is the secure exchange of data in the value added chain. Mean-while, the calls for German and European solutions in the fiercely competitive market for industrially compatible cloud-based solutions are becoming louder and louder. The International Data Spaces (IDS) initiative, established under the auspices of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, enables open data marketplaces for business where data can be securely exchanged between trustworthy partners. On February 22, 2019, the International Data Spaces Association presented con-crete results with experts and decision-makers from research, industry and poli-tics, gave perspectives on further developments and discussed necessary in-vestments in local data sovereignty and AI.