"New developments such as the cloud, the Internet of Things and big data can thrive in Europe and that citizens, innovative web entrepreneurs and other businesses can take full advantage of their potential."
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

"The efficient management of big data offers unprecedented business opportunities to enterprises that react fast enough to take advantage of them."
Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG

"Data is the world's great new natural resource. What steam power was to the 18th century, electromagnetism to the 19th and fossil fuels to the 20th… data will be to the 21st."
Ginni Rometty, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM

“As part of its growth strategy, Europe must boost digital, data-driven innovation across all sectors of the economy.”
European Council conclusions 24/25 October 2013

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European Big Data Value Forum, 21-23 Nov 2017

The European Big Data Value Forum 2017, jointly organised by the Big Data Value Association and the European Commission, will be held in Versailles, France (Palais des Congrès) from 21st to 23rd November 2017 . Keynotes and presentations will range from cutting-edge industrial applications of Big Data technologies, innovative business cases of the data economy, inspiring future visions, and insights on EU policy-making and R&D&I funding in this area. The program of the event, venue and the sponsorship opportunities can be found at the event website: http://www.european-big-data-value-forum.eu

Professorship on Data Management ( Graz University of Technology)

The faculty of Computer Science at Graz University of Technology is seeking applications for a professorship on Data Management. Deadline is August 21st, 2017!!!!

Please find the description of the position in the following link: http://www.know-center.tugraz.at/en/professorship-2017/

We are seeking candidates with demonstrated scientific excellence to represent the area of (Big) Data Management in both research and teaching and who will complement our existing team. A strong interest in applied research is advantageous.

BDVA i-Space labelling: Call 2017 open now!

European Innovation Spaces (BDVA i-Spaces) are cross-organizational and cross-sectorial environments allowing Big Data challenges to be addressed in an interdisciplinary way and serving as European hubs for research and innovation activities. They are one of the four pillars of the BDVA Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda. The Big Data Value Association grants a label for European Innovation Spaces to help drive forward Big Data adoption across all domains within European industry. The i-Space label is well recognized as a quality label on European level. It benchmarks the different initiatives through five selective categories. The label which is always granted on large European Big Data events creates visibility to the national efforts around Big Data.

BDVA at the DSM conference on the free movement of data

BDVA representatives joined last July 17th the Digital Single Market conference on the free movement of data. The conference, held in Tallinn, was one of the official events of the Estonian EU Presidency.
The priorities of the Estonian Presidency are actively focused on creating a digital single market within the EU. The digital single market cannot be built without a special emphasis on the free movement of data among member states. The free movement of data provides a visionary framework for accessing, sharing and (re)using data not only between public authorities and private companies but across all member states’ borders.With the conference, Estonia takes on the complex challenge of steering and providing a platform for this highly important discussion that will shape the future of the EU.

Launch of the new EDSA Dashboard

The European Data Science Academy (EDSA) launched a brand new dashboard that allows users to explore the current demand and supply with regard to data science skills. In particular, the new dashboard enables users to:

  • View the current demand for data science jobs across Europe.
  • Filter demand by required skills and region.
  • View trends and statistics regarding data science jobs and skills for a given timeframe.
  • Explore the current supply of courses and learning materials that will help them acquire certain skills.
  • Build personalised learning pathways towards acquiring certain skills.

Big Data - HPC workshop in Bologna (July 4th)

In the light of a closer cooperation between the two associations, ETP4HPC and BDVA co-organised a technical exchange meeting on July 4th as part of an EXDCI technical workshop. The focus was on paving the way for a better understanding of the intersections in scope, research directions and priorities of both platforms. In former meetings, the difficulty was finding a common technical language and perspective on common subjects as compute infrastructure and requirements for its next generation.

Data Start-up acceleration with Data Pitch: First call Open!

Data Pitch is a Europe-Wide accelerator offering startups €100k equity-free funding to tackle corporate and public sector challenges with data. Start-ups and SMEs will support funding and support for their data-centric business idea.
The first call for applications opened on 1 July 2017 with a deadline of 1 October 2017. 12 different challenges are offered in 3 different tracks (data provider challenges, sector challenges, and Open Innovation Challenges). SMEs and start-ups all over Europe are called to participate in this call.
It is a fantastic opportunity that will put forward proposal for creating high impact, innovative products and services, strongly supporting the development of the European Data Economy.
Find the all the information to apply here.
Webinars planned on August 9th and September 12th 2017: http://datapitch.eu/webinars/

Updates in the BDVA management team

The Big Data Value Association celebrated its 10th General Assembly last June 21 in Brussels. Among other important topics, the BDVA members were called to elect and renew some of the members of its Board of Directors, and to re-elect one of the Vice Presidents. We very much welcome Yannick Legré (EGI Foundation) and Simon Scerri (Fraunhofer IAIS) as new appointed directors of BDVA and we are glad to confirm the renewal of a 2-year mandate for Milan Petkovic (Philips, also Vice-President of BDVA), Andrejs Vasiljevs (Tilde), and Henk Jan Vink (TNO).
Find the full list of BDVA Directors here.
We are also happy to announce that Edward Curry (Insight) was re-elected BDVA Vice-president (Research/Academia) for a renewed period of 2 more years.


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