What are i-Spaces?

Federation of BDVA i-Spaces

Back in 2015-2016 a group of organisations that had developed strong business and human ecosystems around secure data-sharing experimentation facilities decided to join forces. They created a quality label for innovation data spaces (called i-Space label) to benchmark, promote and evolve their ambitions and community. This is the beginning of the i-Spaces community which was created under the umbrella of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA). 

i-Spaces are cross-sectorial and cross-organisational innovation hubs that bring together data sources, AI technologies, competence-related and all the technical and non-technical aspects needed to allow SMEs and start-ups to get their data-driven and AI-related services, products and applications quickly tested, piloted and exploited. i-Spaces aim at accelerating the take up of data-driven innovation in commercial sectors such as Manufacturing 4.0, Logistics, e Commerce, Media, Aerospace, Automobile, Energy, Agriculture and Agroindustry, Pharmacy; as well as in non-profit sectors such as e-Government, Environment, Public Health, Smart Cities). 

i-Spaces rely and build upon existing national and regional initiatives that play a central role in a European Data and AI ecosystem. They offer secure accelerator-style environments for running experiments in both private data and open data, bringing technology and application development together. I-Spaces act as incubators for new businesses in the development of skills, competence and best practices. They also contribute to the building of a community, providing a catalyst for community engagement and acting as incubators and accelerators of data-driven innovation.

The European added value of i-Spaces is that they federate, complement and leverage activities of similar national incubators/environments, research and innovation projects and other national or European initiatives. i-Spaces are federating efforts and expanding through the Federation functions as a reference instrument for growth in the global data economy. Read more about the Federation here.


BDVA I-Spaces

The BDVA i-Space Label

Yearly, candidates from all over Europe are invited to apply for this label. A set of criteria are evaluated considering seven basic domains: infrastructure, services, projects and sectors, ecosystem/impact and business/sustainability strategy; Federation capabilities and ethics. An expert committee appointed by the BDVA Board of Directors (BoD) carefully examines individual candidates and recommends the appropriate quality ranking (starter, bronze, silver, gold, platinum) to the BoD, which ultimately grants the label. 

The label is a well-recognised brand, offers a quality reference and provides visibility to national initiatives on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.   

The labelling process is described here.

The call for i-Space labels 2024

will be launched soon!

Find out more about the BDVA labelled i-Spaces.

Previous calls for i-Spaces

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BDVA i-Spaces 2022707.17 KB16-02-2024 DownloadPreview
BDVA i-Spaces 2021315.96 KB16-02-2024 DownloadPreview
BDVA i-Spaces 2020369.63 KB16-02-2024 DownloadPreview
BDVA i-Spaces 2019159.02 KB16-02-2024 DownloadPreview
BDVA i-Spaces 201887.45 KB16-02-2024 DownloadPreview
BDVA i-Spaces 2017969.98 KB16-02-2024 DownloadPreview
BDVA-i-Space-2016337.20 KB16-02-2024 DownloadPreview