brAInfood: What are data vaults and what can they mean to you?

Athumi, the Flemish Data Utility Company, officially launched on 4 May 2023. Athumi has often been mentioned together with the process of making personal data vaults, or Personal Online Datastores (Pod’s), available to every Flemish citizen. Data vaults are decentralised storage places for personal data under a citizen’s access control and are based on SOLID technology. The Flemish founding decree also imposes other tasks and objectives on Athumi.

In this brAInfood, we elaborate on the tasks and organisation of Athumi under its founding decree. We discuss the provision of personal data vaults and SOLID, its underlying technology.

This brAInfood was developed in collaboration with Michiel Fierens, researcher at KU Leuven CiTiP and the University of Ghent within SolidLab Flanders. His interests range from data protection to interoperability.

In this brAInfood you can read about:

  • Athumi, the Flemish Data Utility Company
  • the range of tasks of Athumi
  • the data processing from, for and through Athumi
  • data vaults

With brAInfood, the Knowledge Centre Data & Society wants to provide easily accessible information about artificial intelligence. brAInfood is available under a CC BY 4.0 license, which means that you can reuse and remix this material, provided that you credit us as the source.

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