The Flemish Data Utility Company wants to stimulate citizens’ trust in sharing data, by focusing on responsible and secure data sharing. At the same time, we want to give oxygen to the Flemish economy by making data more findable and exchangeable, and by building bridges between citizens, companies and associations for better cooperation. We are a neutral third partner and catalyst for innovative initiatives and we a stimulate economic and social prosperity.
With this approach, Flanders has the potential to become a leader in the European data economy.
Letting data flow is the key to giving our society and our economy a huge boost in the 2020s. But that requires trust.
The purpose of the Flemish Data Utility Company
The advent of personal data vaults
The introduction of the new technology of personal data vaults, combined with a data vault, allows citizens to choose which data to share with which organizations and for which period.
The Flemish Data Utility Company will build a progressive and innovative platform of personal data vaults for this purpose. The system should give citizens and companies full control over the sharing of their personal data.
For this, Flanders is the first government to work with the data vaults of the Solid project of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web (www). Ghent University and imec also play an important role in this collaboration.
All citizen data can be stored in the vault, regardless of where it comes from. The data is stored in a standardized format that all participants in the ecosystem can use. This allows the citizen to choose to share information with anyone in the ecosystem, and the recipient of the data can use it for the purpose intended by the citizen. For the citizen, this is all done through a control panel that is as simple and familiar as the settings menu on a smartphone.
By going for smart data services, we want to make data work together, while citizens and businesses keep control of their data, without having to share it openly.
A few projects in the spotlight
Despite the fact that the Flemish Data Utility Company is currently in a preparatory phase, a project team within Digital Flanders is already working hard on the following projects: