BDVA welcomes 15 new Members!

On the 26th of November, the BDVA General Assembly officially welcomed 15 new members, among which there are 5 Full Members and 10 Associate Members. The Assembly also confirmed the promotion of 2 Associate Members to Full Members.

New Full Members: Consorzio IntellimechDublin City University - ADAPT CentreFondazione Bruno KesslerMetaphactsUniversity of Twente, Digital Society Institute

New Associate Members: Asociación de Usuarios de InternetCentre for Social ScienceConsorzio TopixDemos Research Institute oyEötvös Loránd UniversityInstitut Mihajlo PupinMET Communications GmbHSestekUniversity of SzegedVrije Universiteit Brussel

Associate Members becoming Full Members: Engie Lab Crigen, Teknopar

Release of the European Commission Data Governance Act

On the 25th of November, the European Commission officially released its Proposal for a Regulation on European Data Governance (so-called Data Governance Act). The proposal is the first of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European strategy for data and aims at fostering the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and by strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU.

A summary of the measures included in the proposed regulation is available in this factsheet. The full text of the proposed Regulation can be found here and the text of the European Commission's press release here.

BDVA at Digital Around the World

The Digital Around the World conference started on the 20th of October with a session on Technology for a Better World. BDVA President, Thomas Hahn - Siemens, was invited to join the opening panel and gave a speech on the new Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics. 

Mr. Hahn was also invited to participate in the session on Artificial Intelligence as enabler for competitiveness together with other keynote speakers such as Cecile Huet, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission in the AI and Robotics Unit of DG CNECT and Barry O'Sullivan, Chair of Constraint Programming, Department of Computer Science, University College Cork and former deputy president of EurAI. This session was organised and chaired by BDVA Director, Nuria de Lama, from Atos

The recordings of all sessions are available here.

BDVA General Assembly 22 scheduled for the 26th of November

BDVA Members are invited to join the next General Assembly which will take place on the 26th of November from 9h30 to 14h online. 

The agenda of the Assembly includes discussions on many important topics for the future of the Association including aspects related to Horizon Europe and the upcoming Public Privat Partnerships. It will also offer the opportunity to look at the achievements of the Task Forces in these last months and debrief about the European Big Data Value Forum 2020 which took place in November.

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BDVA at Meta-Forum 2020

Meta-Forum is an international conference series on powerful and innovative Language Technologies for the multilingual information society. This year edition (Meta-Forum 2020) will take place from the 1st to the 3rd of December online and is free of charge. 

BDVA Vice-President, Laure Le Bars (SAP), has been invited to the forum as guest speaker during the second day of the event. She will intervene during Session 5: European AI Initiatives and Language-centric AI Initiatives.

If you are interested in this session or the event in general, register through this link. More information on the event and the programme can be found here.

Second Edition of the Best Big Data Value Success Stories (BSS Award)

The winners of the second edition of the Best Big Data Value Success Stories (BSS 2020) were officially announced on the last day of the European Big Data Value Forum 2020 (EBDVF 2020).

The winners of the contest were: 1) Data Pitch for the project/large company category; 2) Orbem for the SME category; and 3) Ubiwhere for the best video category.

Congratulations to the BSS 2020 winners and a warm thank you to the contest participants and the organising team!

Highlights from EBDVF 2020!

The 2020 edition of the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF2020) will go down in the history as exceptional for many reasons.

Beside being the first EBDVF edition organised entirely online, it obtained impressive numbers in terms of participants, sponsors and speakers.

BDVA sincerely thanks all organisations, sponsors and speakers who contributed to the success of EBDVF 2020 and looks foward to organising the next edition! 

Release of the second version of the BDVA position paper "Towards a European-governed Data Sharing Space"

The second version of the BDVA position paper "Towards a European-governed Data Sharing Space - Enabling data exchange and unlocking AI potential" has been officially released today. It will be presented officially during the European Big Data Value Forum 2020 and particularly during Focus Track 1: European Data Spaces - Main session and more detail during the parallel session on The good, the bad and the ugly: the reality of shaping data sharing policies and strategies. Find the full paper here

This new release of the position paper focuses on revisiting the opportunities and challenges which were identified in the first release and adding a concrete call for actions aimed at specific stakeholder who have a pivotal role to play in the realisation of a European Data Space.