am-LAB (PBN) wins the Digital Innovation Hubs challenge 2020

The am-LAB of BDVA/DAIRO Member PBN - Advanced Management recently won the Digital Innovation Hub Challenge 2020. The second edition of the novel Digital Innovation Hub Champions Challenge presents an innovative process for evaluating the maturity level of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) according to specific parameters selected by the DIHNET consortium in collaboration with the European Commission. 

The winners of the 2020 challenge were announced in front of 1000 people during the First Annual European DIH conference taking place on the 26th and 27th of January online. The am-LAB has been recognised as one of the two winners of the 2020 contest and has been explicitely mentioned in European Commissioner's, Thierry Breton, speech.

BDVA/DAIRO to strengthen its activities on European Data Sharing Spaces through Task Force 10

In line with the European Commission's priorities and the launch of the Digital Europe Programme, BDVA/DAIRO decided to step up its activities concerning the European Data Sharing Spaces by strengthening the role and mandate of its existing Task Force dedicated to this topic.

In 2021, this Task Force will organise many activities and will focus on producing relevant outcomes for guiding policy-makers in the full realisation of a European Data Sharing Space. More information on upcoming activities and on the ambitions for this year will be shared soon. 

If you have questions on this Task Force or BDVA/DAIRO Task Forces more in general do not hesitate to contact us at

Workshop on the Data Governance Act for BDVA/DAIRO Members

On the 13th of January 2021 BDVA/DAIRO organised an internal workshop, joined by more than 70 BDVA/DAIRO experts, focusing on the discussion of the Data Governance Act, released by the European Commission in November. 

A short intruction on the rules put forward by the Data Governance Act was followed by an open discussion and interactive exercise, the result of which will help to develop a common position on these topics.

The workshop constituted the first occasion for BDVA/DAIRO members to discuss this very relevant legislative proposal and other activities concerning the Data Governance Act will be scheduled in the near future.

If you have questions on this initiative or if you would like to participate in BDVA activities do not hesitate to write to us at

Automotive and Energy sub-groups officially established in BDVA/DAIRO

BDVA is thrilled to announce the official establishment of two new sub-groups under Task Force 7 - Applications, one focusing on automotive and one on energy.

The automotive and energy application areas are extremely important from a data sharing perspective and data driven innovation is affecting them profoundly. The establishment of these two sub-groups will allow BDVA to gather and share expertise on best practices for data sharing within the automotive and energy value chains and to provide input to policy makers and standardisation bodies concerning possible areas of intervention. The two sub-groups will also foster the emergence of communities of practice in these areas within BDVA. Both sub-groups are supported by a large number of BDVA Members who are keen to take part in the activities and to advance the debate on these application areas.

BDVA/DAIRO and the European Organisation for Security (EOS) sign a Memorandum of Collaboration

On the 21st of December 2020, BDVA/DAIRO and the European Organisation for Security (EOS) signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to strengthen their relation and develop joint activities in the areas of Big Data and AI for security. 

Through this MoC, the two associations have agreed to:

  • Collaborate closely in the definition of joint roadmaps, projects and events concerning AI and Big Data in the security application domain;
  • Collaborate further on specific BDVA/DAIRO and EOS activities (e.g. Task Forces, Working groups) bringing together the Security Domain, and Data, Artificial intelligence and also Robotics.

BDVA/DAIRO looks forward to starting 2021 with this newly established cooperation in place and is eager to work closely with EOS.

In case of questions on this collaboration do not hesitate to contact us at

Call for Open Access Book Chapters - Data Platforms: Foundations, Design Space, and Deployments

A call has been launched for Open Access Book Chapters on the topics of Data Platforms: Foundations, Design Space, and Deployments.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 28th, 2021, a brief summary (abstract) consisting of title and 150-200 words clearly identifying the main objectives of your contribution and how it fits within the edited book.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified in February 2021 about the status of their proposals and provided chapter formatting guidelines.

Chapter proposal must be submitted via EasyChair here.

For further information, please contact the editors on: 

Launch of the EUHubs4Data first open call

On the 9th of December, the EUHubs4Data project officially launched its first open call for SMEs, start-ups and web entrepreneurs. The call aims at providing support to cross-border data driven experiments which leverage EUHubs4Data data and services catalogue.

If you have an idea for a data driven product or service and you are looking for financial and business support as well as visibility this call is for you! Do not hesitate to get in touch with bdva at in case of questions. More information are also available here.

BDVA participates in the launch of the TransContinuum Initiative

The 11th of December marks the official launch of the TransContinuum Initiative or TCI.

BDVA is proud to participate, together with the ETP4HPCECSO5G IAEU-MATHS-INCLAIREHiPEAC and AIOTI, in the launch of this initiative which aims at developing a vision for the digital continuum and collaborating to establish recommendations for European Research and Innovation funding programmes.

You can find the full press release for the launch of the initiative here and the vision statement here

If you have questions on this initiative do not hesitate to write to BDVA at

Activity Group Meeting 41 - 11th of December

BDVA organised an Activity Group Meeting (the last of 2020) on the 11th of December from 9h30 to 15h. The meeting was organised jointly with the BDV PPP Technical Committee (TC6) and gathered more than 100 participants, both BDVA Members and BDV PPP projects.

For more information on Activity Group meetings or BDVA activities in general do not hesitate to contact us at