The DL4lD research project aims to help the Dutch logistics sector with digitalisation of their busines processes. To do so, DL4LD focuses on the trustworthy sharing of an organizations (potentially sensitive) dataTrust that the organization’s (potentially sensitive) data is handled in a controlled and secure way, is for many organizations a prerequisite sine qua non the organization may not be prepared to share its data.


A focal point of the DL4LD research is on maintaining sovereignty by the data owner over the access, usage, processing and proliferation of his data  DL4LD shows how to digitally support sufficient trust and sovereignty enablers to establish a trustworthy data sharing relationship between two  logistic partners that didn't have so a priori.   

The DL4LD-project runs from January 2018 to December 2022.

 The DL4LD R&D project is supported by:

NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) funds top researchers, steers the course of Dutch science by means of research programmes and by managing the national knowledge infrastructure.

TKI Dinalog  (Top consortium Knowledge and Innovation) is the cooperation within which Dinalog, TNO and NWO act jointly to boost innovation in logistics in the Netherlands.

Commit2Data is a multi-year Dutch national research and innovation program on the basis of Public Private Collaboration (Publiek-Private Samenwerking - PPS), aimed on cross-sectoral co-operation on big data aspects. 


In logistics, companies collaborate in an international, very competitive and multi-sector environment. Trust and maintaining sovereignty form a prerequisite for willingness to share data and therefore also for succesful integration of multi-company digital business- processes. 


DL4LDs ambition is to show the logistics sector how a trustworthy digital business ecosystem can be established. 


DL4LD elaborates a reference architecture for trustworthy, multi-lateral, data sharing in an open, distributed, infrastructure. The reference architecture will be build upon the international initiative 'International Data Spaces (IDS)', with focal point on maintaining sovereignty by the data owner over the access, usage, processing and proliferation of his data.


In addition, DL4LD will do forward looking research on specific topics, including: 

  • How digital data sharing agreements are input for automated setup of the required digital infrastructure.
  • How to create a digital data-sharing business-ecosystem that avoids the complexities of bilateral contracts between its partners,  yet increasing trust and  supporting dispute setlling.
  • How legal prerequisites and conditions can be technically enforced within the open data sharing infrastructure.





The DL4LD approach to stimulate the uptake of doing digital business in the logistics sector deploys technology demonstrators. 


The results of both the DL4LD referenece architecture and the forward looking research will be incorporated as part of the demonstrators. Collaboration with (inter)national  will spur the acceptance and uptake of the DL4LD results.


The approach allows DL4LD to convince the logistics sector that technology is ready to support:

  1. the design and implementation of capabilities that are required for creating value-rich logistic data sharing functions, and 
  2. innovative solutions that allow stakeholders to agree on how data is shared and processesed in a controllable and enforceable, acfashion.