Brief description

Being a standard-setter and engaging in the ICT global standardisation scene is key to driving economic growth and securing technological sovereignty at an international level. This is why the EU Strategy on Standardisation calls for ongoing standardisation work across industrial ecosystems to support Europe’s position as a forerunner in key emerging technological domains. 
The EU-funded INSTAR project (International Standards in Advanced ICT Technologies Regulation) aims to shape international standards for advanced technologies, such as: AI, Cloud, Data, Edge computing, IoT, 5G, cybersecurity and quantum technologies.

Duration:
Jan 2024 to Jul 2026 Ongoing
Type:
ICT Standards & SW Excellence
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Our role

Within INSTAR, Trust-IT leverages its extensive experience in communication, dissemination, event organisation and coordination, community building and stakeholder engagement tailored to ICT standardisation.
Trust-IT has successfully managed complex EC-funded projects in ICT standardisation, such as HSbooster.eu, StandICT.eu and Seeblocks.eu, proving our ability to engage with the ICT standardisation community to maximise the projects’ impact on the standardisation landscape. 
In INSTAR, Trust-IT takes the lead of the:
•    Stakeholder engagement strategy creation: Trust-IT will leverage its extensive experience in community building and stakeholder engagement to create a customized stakeholder engagement strategy for INSTAR that will maximise the participation of ICT standardisation experts within the project community through tailored value proposition and incentive and rewards-driven approaches.
•    Creation of digital assets: Creation of digital assets, such as the INSTAR branding, Social Media cover images, photos of events, webinars, publications, news pieces, fact sheets, post-event report, event video coverage as well as video production and more. 
•    Website launch and update: Website development, launch and ongoing improvement, by implementing a user-friendly interface (UI) and user experience (UX). 
•    Creation of a moderated discussion forum for Joint Committees: Trust-IT will establish a workspace to enable ICT standardisation experts to collaborate through file sharing, commenting, and creating new posts. This workspace will feature an optimized user experience (UX) to ensure maximum ease of use.
•    Outreach strategy: Trust-IT will coordinate and implement outreach activities, divided into three major campaigns, to maximise awareness within the ICT standardisation community about INSTAR. The aim is to boost community participation in project activities and foster the uptake of its results through tailored activities, including newsletters, social media management, news articles, and more. To achieve this goal, Trust-IT will tap into its extensive network of standardisation projects and initiatives to engage with their community and broaden the INSTAR project overall outreach.
•    In-person, hybrid and online event organisation, coordination and management: Trust-IT will organise a series of online webinars and workshops to showcase the projects activities and results with live participants engagement, live social media coverage, event video recording, speakers interview and post-event report creation. Trust-IT will also organise an in-person final impact event that will support the lasting legacy of the project.

Impact

Being a standard-setter and engaging in the ICT global standardisation scene is key to driving economic growth and securing technological sovereignty at an international level. This is why INSTAR will set up joint committees, including ICT standardisation experts from Canada, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA, around key emerging technologies to create a standardisation roadmap to be shared with international SDOs for eventual adoption. 
•    Shaping international ICT standards: Alignment on a common vision for ICT standardisation of key technologies with relevant entities from Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and USA.
•    International standards harmonisation: Harmonisation of standards at the international level, between and within SDOs to foster cross-domain product compliance without affecting fair trade & cooperation and enable more European independence in production and services.
•    Implementing international standards in trade and cooperation agreements: International standard harmonisation enhances cross-domain and cross-product compliance, streamlining production and improving supply chain management for potential cost savings and increased productivity.

Results

•    6 High-Level Standards Frameworks (Workstreams): INSTAR is set to develop and implement six comprehensive high-level standards frameworks, each dedicated to a specific technology domain. These frameworks will serve as foundational pillars, guiding the standardization efforts within their respective workstreams.
•    1 Guide to Assess SSH Implications: As part of its commitment to inclusivity and comprehensive impact assessment, INSTAR will deliver a guide specifically focused on assessing the implications of standards in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). This guide aims to ensure a thorough understanding of the broader societal and ethical dimensions associated with emerging technologies.
•    6 Joint Committees (EU, Target Country SDOs): INSTAR will establish six Joint Committees, bringing together European and international experts from Standards Development Organizations (SDOs). These committees, facilitated by liaison experts, will lead workgroups focused on collaborative standardization efforts.
•    6 Roadmaps (Common Vision, Prioritized Actions, Expected Outputs & Standards Leads): INSTAR's roadmap initiative will result in the creation of six comprehensive documents outlining a common vision, prioritized actions, expected outputs, and identified standards leads. These roadmaps will serve as strategic guides for the standardization process.
•    18 Harmonization Actions Completed: INSTAR is committed to achieving harmonization across standards. The project aims to complete 18 harmonization actions, ensuring coherence and consistency within the standardization landscape.
•    125 Standards Impacted: Through its targeted efforts, INSTAR anticipates making a significant impact by influencing and contributing to the development or modification of 125 standards. This broad reach underscores the project's commitment to shaping the international standards scene.
•    10 Analyses on International Standardization: INSTAR will conduct 10 in-depth analyses focused on international standardization. These analyses will provide valuable insights into global trends, best practices, and areas for strategic intervention.
•    1 Standards Dashboard with Overview of the Standardization Landscape: INSTAR will develop a Standards Dashboard, offering a comprehensive overview of the standardization landscape. This dynamic tool will serve as a central hub for monitoring and understanding the evolving standards ecosystem.
•    Facilitate dialogue, share progress, and foster collaboration among stakeholders involved in the standardization process.
Acknowledgements 
The INSTAR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Programme under the Grant Agreement nr. ‭101135877‬. ‬‬‬
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.‬‬

The EU-funded INSTAR project (International Standards in Advanced ICT Technologies Regulation) aims to shape international standards for advanced technologies, such as: AI, Cloud, Data, Edge computing, IoT, 5G, cybersecurity and quantum technologies.

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Acknowledgements

The INSTAR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Programme under the Grant Agreement nr. ‭101135877‬. ‬‬‬