The i2CAT Foundation is a public, non-profit research and innovation centre based in Barcelona which specializes in advanced digital technologies. Since 2003, i2CAT has been committed to designing and building the future digital society by leveraging the knowledge gained from cutting-edge European and local R&D projects in the fields of 5G/6G, IoT, immersive and interactive technologies, cybersecurity, data infrastructure, artificial intelligence, blockchain, space communications and digital society technologies. The centre partners with companies, public administration, academia, and end-users to leverage this knowledge to meet real social and business challenges. In the European data space ecosystem, i2CAT is an active partner in the International Data Space Assocation (IDSA), Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and Gaia-X AISBL. In Spain, i2CAT was one of several organisations that helped construct the Gaia-X Spanish Hub, and since then has been active in the Mobility working group.

In deployEMDS, i2CAT brings its data space architectural expertise to contribute to the design and development of the common decentralised infrastructure of the project, as well as take on the role of coordinator and implementation partner of the Barcelona pilot deployment site and its use cases.