Eclipse Foundation Establishes Category A Liaison With ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38 for Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 09:00 by Frédéric Desbiens

In preparation for the upcoming launch of the Eclipse Dataspaces Working Group, we are proud to announce the establishment of a Category A liaison between Eclipse Foundation AISBL and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38 (Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms).

SC 38 pursues standardization in Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms, including Foundational concepts and technologies, operational issues, and interactions among cloud computing systems and other distributed systems.

A dataspace is a multi-organizational agreement and a supporting technical infrastructure enabling data sharing between two or more participants. Dataspaces are naturally distributed, hence SC 38's interest in them.

The Eclipse Foundation is home to the Eclipse Dataspace Components project (EDC). EDC is a comprehensive framework providing a basic set of features that dataspace implementations can use and customize while preserving interoperability through a well-defined API. EDC implements the Gaia-X AISBL Trust Framework and the IDSA Dataspace protocol.

By establishing this liaison, the Eclipse Foundation intends to contribute its expertise to future standardization efforts revolving around cloud computing, dataspaces, and edge computing. Existing and upcoming Eclipse specifications could eventually be transposed into standards as well.

The Eclipse Foundation obtained the status of Publicly Available Specification (PAS) submitter back in November 2022. Since then, it has successfully submitted its Sparkplug specification for transposition as an international standard. Sparkplug will officially be published as ISO/IEC 20237 in the upcoming months.