studied social science at the University of Mannheim majoring in statistics and methods of empirical social research in fall of 2003. From 2004 to 2008 Stephan Gauch was a researcher in the department of Innovation Systems and Policy at Fraunhofer ISI. Between 2009 and 2014 he has been working at the Berlin Technical University at the Chair of Innovation Economics. From 1012 to 2014 Stephan Gauch was affiliated to Fraunhofer FOKUS working on a number of economics- and innovation-related topics in the ICT field such as Big and Open data analytics, policy analysis in the ICT sector, standardization foresight as well as standardization strategies. Stephan Gauch finished his PHD in 2011 on the topic of the interlinkage between research and standardization and the the division of labor between formal and informal standardization in ICT. His thesis was awarded with the “Sonderpreis Wissenschaft 2012” of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). Since 2014 Stephan Gauch is affiliated to iFQ and Humboldt University of Berlin.