EC Workshop 'Interoperability and Standards in the European Data Economy'

The European Commission's Data Value Chain Unit (G.3) at DG CONNECT organised a workshop on "Interoperability and Standards in the European Data Economy" on 14th March 2016, held at the EUROFORUM Building in Luxembourg from 9:00 until 17:00.

The aim of the workshop was to identify cross-cutting issues in the standardisation landscape of the European data economy.

The workshop was intended to give the attendants the opportunity to provide input to European policy discussions on data interoperability and standards, and to exchange views and network with other stakeholders of the European data ecosystem.

The workshop aimed at sharing and discussing issues related with interoperability and standards in the European Data Economy, under an informal and open approach intended to explore key topics and action aspects that should be taken into consideration for current and future policy activities.

PICASSO EU-US Expert Group Meeting on Big Data

More than 50 EU and US experts from Big Data, 5G Networks, Internet of Things/Cyber Physical Systems and the Policy field met at the first PICASSO Expert Groups meeting, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the Department of Commerce at Washington, D.C., USA, on the 20th of May 2016. The Expert Groups exchanged ways to enhance transatlantic collaboration, priorities, and the next steps. BDVA was represented in the PICASSO Big Data Expert Group by Prof. Dr. Sören Auer from the University of Bonn, Dr. Andreas Metzger from paluno (The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology), and Nikos Sarris from ATC, who is also acting as Expert Group chair. Slides presented at the expert group meeting can be downloaded from

Fostering the BDVA in the Small Big Data Value Association Summit in The Hague

The BDVA organized its second Summit in The Hague from March 2 to 4, 2016 – an event that was centred on Societal Impact of Big Data. More than 200 attendees from all around Europe, showing the consolidation and maturity of Big Data Value Association. Keynote speeches, one interesting panel session with 7 panellists, and 15 working sessions showed the results of BDVA Task Forces and addressed the future needs for the European Big Data Community.

A Big Data platform for the future: Technical insights into the BigDataEurope Project (Webinar)

The Big Data Europe (BDE) Project is designed to enable European companies to build innovative multilingual products and services based on semantically interoperable, large-scale, multilingual data assets and knowledge, which are currently available in various licenses and business models. In this context, BDE aims to collect ICT infrastructure requirements from data-intensive science practitioners, in order to tackle the wide range of societal challenges that arise in the seven areas of Climate, Energy, Food, Health, Transport, Security and Social Sciences

BDVA Deliver Big Data Training to NCP in ICT

BDVA Vice-President Dr Edward Curry praticipated as a trainer on the topics of Big Data for National Contact Points (NCPs) in ICT.

Dr Curry’s presentation, entitled “Big Data: Beyond the Hype, Delivering Value” explained Big Data technology and how it is transforming industry and society to members of the IDEAL-IST project.

IDEAL-IST is an international ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) network, with more than 65 ICT national partners from EU and Non-EU Countries. It assists ICT companies and research organizations worldwide wishing to find project partners for a participation in the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission.

The Idealist 2018 technical seminar was held in Paris on the 28th and 29th of January 2015.

BDVA & EU-H2020 Information day Evening Reception Invitation (14th Jan)

The Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is organizing an open evening Reception and extended networking event at Concert-Noble (Brussels) at the end of the first day of the “EU-H2020 Big Data Information and Networking Day” on 14th January 2016 at 18:00 onwards.

Although sponsored and subsidised by the BDVA both members and non-members are invited and of course we hope the latter will go on to join our association! See further information here and register on-line. Cost 25€ including full walking dinner and evening drinks. Registration is mandatory – first come first served. STOP PRESS - Registration extended 25 further tickets available only.

Data economy online survey available – European Commission

The European Commission would like to draw your attention to a public online survey which will be closing on 30th December 2015.

The public online survey, available on 30th December 2015, will give a unique chance to have your voice heard on a range of topics with a direct impact on the future of EU's actions in the field of the data economy.

The issues under consultation ranges from the social and economic role of online platforms to the legal arrangements used in assigning rights to data.

Please note that you do not need to answer all the questions: except for the introductory stage, you are free to focus on the thematic block of your choice.

We would particularly encourage you to fill-in the part of the questionnaire on 'data and cloud in digital ecosystems'.

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The overall data market will get to 111 billion in 2020 - first results of the European Data Market study have been released

First interim report of European Data Market study prepared by IDC & Open Evidence is ready and you can download it here.
“Digital innovation, driven by the combination of Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobile Technologies and Social Media, is one of the most powerful drivers of change and the best opportunity for Europe to move back to a growth path. The indicators measured by the European Data Market monitoring tool reveal that the European Data Economy is already a reality, but that additional efforts are to be undertaken to consolidate this process over the next few years.