BDVA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with CEN-CENELEC to strengthen collaboration for the development of trustworthy AI in the EU

On 14 May, BDVA, the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance their mutual cooperation in the strategic field of Big Data Value and AI standardization. 

As BDVA’s President, Thomas Hahn, highlighted “the upcoming AI, Data and Robotics partnership will bring research and innovation activities closer to deployment and user uptake, therefore collaboration with CEN-CENELEC will become even more critical to drive the needed international standardisation. BDVA looks forward to working closely with CEN-CENELEC for the development of a strategic dialogue in this domain.”

The full press release can be found here and the news item on CEN-CENELEC's website here

BDVA organises a workshop on the Role of Data Innovation Spaces and Data Driven Innovation Hubs in the European digital transformation

On June 24th, the BDVA Task Force 1 - Sub Group 4 (i-Spaces) organises, in collaboration with the European Commission DG-CNECT, a workshop on the Role of Data Innovation Spaces and Data Driven Innovation Hubs in the European digital transformation. 

During this workshop, the panellists will discuss in particular about the role that Data Innovation Spaces (i-Spaces) will play in the new European landscape combining three different dimensions (DIHs and networks, European Common Data Spaces and Testing and Experimentation Facilities). The discussion will also focus on how EUHubs4Data project could act as a link between H2020 and the new Framework Programme in terms of data driven innovation.

Click here to register.

BDVA participating in the launch event of the GAIA-X initiative

On the 4th of June BDVA attended the “Ministerial talk and GAIA-X virtual expert forum”, organised jointly as a Franco-German event, which officially launched the GAIA-X initiative for the establishment of a federated data infrastructure for Europe

BDVA welcomes the establishment of this initiative and looks forward to collaborating with GAIA-X in order to enable further innovation through enhanced data sharing and exchange in Europe.

EU AI Whitepaper in line with the vision of the new partnership on AI, Data and Robotics

BDVA has published its response to the White paper on Artificial Intelligence: "a European approach to Excellence and Trust". BDVA welcomes this whitepaper as there is a clear need for a solid AI European approach based on European values. The aspiration contained within this document for Europe to “become a global leader in innovation in the data economy and its applications” is strongly supported by BDVA. A comprehensive and functioning Data Strategy is a prerequisite to any AI Policy and regulation. The general broad policy perspective of this whitepaper is also very well-received. The AI Whitepaper is very much in line with the vision of the new partnership on AI, Data and Robotics. Find BDVA's response to the White paper on AI here.

Contribution of BDVA and the BDV PPP to the European Data Strategy

BDVA has published its response to the European Data Strategy published by the European Commission last February 19th. BDVA welcomes the European Data Strategy as the natural evolution of the data innovation ecosystem within Europe. The Data Strategy leverages the work of the Big Data Value PPP to support Large Industry working together with SMEs and research organisations in a critical mix needed to deliver both economic and societal impact to Europe in areas including mobility, manufacturing, bio- economy, health, energy, environment, smart cities and infrastructures, food, finance, media and farming. Find BDVA's response to the European Data Strategy here.

BDVA/BDV PPP recognised as a committed member of the European Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition has recently recognised BDVA and the BDV PPP's action and support in tackling the digital skills gap. To mark this recognition BDVA has been granted a badge as a demonstration ot the commitment to boost digital skills in Europe, in particular for the contribution of the BDVe EduHub (

The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition brings together Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organisations and education providers, who take action to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe. BDVA has been a member of the Coalition since December 1st, 2017.

Call for EoI to become part of the i-Spaces review committee 2020

The call for BDVA Data i-Spaces labels 2020 has been recently launched for the fifth consecutive year. The labelling process implies that relevant information from the candidates will be gathered by an online questionnaire, and a review committee will examine individual candidates and recommend the appropriate quality ranking.

This review committee is expected to include experts in the different dimensions covered by the i-Spaces, among BDVA members and other strategic partners. BDVA opens now and until June 15th a call to receive expressions of interests of individuals interested in being part of this labelling committee.

Standards and Innovation: Data and AI standards generating value for SMEs

BDVA organised in collaboration with the BDVe project a webinar on "ICT Standards and Innovation" on May 19th 10am CEST. The organisation of this webinar was led by the BDVA TF6.SG6 (Standards) and the BDVA TF8.SG1 (Business-SMEs). The webinar combined an introductory part on ICT Standards and Standardisation with a deep dive for SMEs. Presentations and video are available.

BDVA Data Sharing Practices Survey: Share your experiences!

Has your organisation participated in any kind of data exchange or sharing activities with strategic partners? Regardless of whether you represent a business, research institution, governmental or non-governmental organisation your input is very valuable! 

Participate in the 12-minute BDVA Data Sharing Experiences Survey here

This survey has been created by the BDVA TF1.SG7 in collaboration with other Task Forces and the EC. Results of this survey will be shared in the second version of the BDVA paper "Towards a European Data Sharing Space".

HPC, Big Data, IoT and AI future industry-driven collaborative strategic topics

On May 5th 2020, BDVA organised, in collaboration with ETP4HPC and the European Commission, an online workshop to analyse in depth the challenges, limitations and longer term perspectives of the Large Scale Pilot actions that are currently being developed in the context of the ICT-11-2018-2019 calls. Based on this analysis, the aim is to outline future research and innovation needs in terms of convergence and alignment of the basic technologies and their utilization in industry and specially SMEs.