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Mid-term review of the contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPPs) under Horizon 2020

The 29th of September the European Commission published the mid-term review report concerning the Contractual Public private Partnerships (cPPP) under Horizon 2020 funding programme. Big Data Value is one of the ten cPPPs agreed. 

The cPPP instrument was designed to implement actions and strategies to increase the competitiveness impact of European R&D funding via Horizon 2020, offering a more active role to industry in the management of the instrument and promoting higher technology readiness level (TRLs) of the projects.

The report contains six main recommendations on how to improve this instrument further in the short and long term perspectives. 

The evaluation has been performed along five main dimensions defined in Terms of References: Efficiency, Relevance, Coherence, Effectiveness and EU Value Added.

Public consultation on the review of the directive on the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI Directive)

The European Commission has launched a public consultation in order to review the Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive), fulfilling the periodic review obligation contained in its article 13, and at the same time furthering the goals of the Digital Market Strategy in the field of data economy. 

The consultation will be open until the 12th of December and it is targeted to all interested parties, including governments, public sector content holders and users, commercial and non-commercial re-users, experts and academics as well as citizens.

Proposal for a Regulation for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union

The free flow of data is considered a pre-condition for a competitive data economy within the Digital Single Market. In this regard, on the 13th of September 2017, the European Commission has proposed a Regulation aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data.
This Regulation, together with the General Data Protection Regulation, follows the objective to ensure a comprehensive and coherent approach to the free movement of data in the EU. 
In particular, it aims to:
  • reduce the number and range of data localisation restrictions;
  • enhance legal certainty;
  • facilitate cross-border availability of data for regulatory control purposes;
  • improve the conditions under which users can switch data storage and/or processing service providers or port their data back to their own IT systems;

Big Data technologies and needs at Spanish level

The Spanish Big Data Initiative (coordinated by PLANETIC, the Spanish technological platform for the adoption and dissemination of ICT) has generated a whitepaper about the positioning of Big Data technologies and needs at national level. The document (only in Spanish so far) is available here

It shows the different stakeholders, application domains and technologies, both offered and demanded, at Spanish level, stating also the innovation by sector and its expected evolution in near future. This document is concluded by showing the official dat of big data projects presented in national calls. 

You can find more information about this initiative and members here

The third round of Big Data Europe Project Workshops is going on!

The third round of Big Data Europe Project (BDE) Workshops is going on!
The next workshop scheduled will be held in Brussels on the 3rd October on the topic of Big Data in Secure Societies. The workshop will address a wide audience comprising key stakeholders, data users and service providers from a variety of domains in Secure Societies such as Space & Security and Cybersecurity. More information are available here.

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