European Data Forum 2016: Scaling up the European Data Economy, June 27 – July 1, 2016

The annual meeting-point for all stakeholders involved in the data value chain.

The European Data Forum (EDF) is one of the key European events for industry professionals, researchers, policy makers and members of community initiatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of data-driven innovation in Europe. The Forum will address all facets of data-driven innovation: infrastructure, tools, applications (including, new products and services reaching out to multilingual European audiences) as well as societal and economic impact.


This event is relevant for all stakeholders involved in the data value chain, since it offers a carefully selected mix of presentations ranging from cutting-edge innovative industrial applications of Big Data technologies, to upcoming innovation breakthroughs. Thus attendees have the opportunity to become updated in terms of on-going policy debates and to get inspired by innovative talks and presentations. The ideas exchanged at the European Data Forum have a significant impact on the design of future research challenges and policy decisions both at the EU and Member State level. This will drive data-driven innovation further and strengthen the European data economy by enhancing its positioning worldwide.

EDF2016 (29 – 30 June)

The European Data Forum (EDF) 2016 will take place on June 29th-30th, 2016, at Evoluon, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This year’s theme is Scaling up the European Data Economy. Eindhoven is known as a technology and design city in the heart of the innovative Brainport region. As an innovative high-tech region, Brainport is a substantial contributor to national industrial export and is responsible for a quarter of all private investment in R&D. Brainport generates 37 per cent of all patents registered in the Netherlands each year. The intensive ‘triple helix’ cooperation between trade and industry, knowledge and research institutes, and the authorities also has a positive impact on the business climate.



Many interesting speakers have confirmed their participation in the event with innovative topics that cover a wide range of areas.

Industrial Data Space

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, Head of the Enterprise Information Systems Department at Fraunhofer IAIS and Professor for Enterprise Information Systems at the University of Bonn will present the Industrial Data Space, which constitutes a virtual data space using standards and common governance models with the aim to facilitate the secure exchange and easy linkage of data in business ecosystems. It thereby provides a basis for creating and using smart services and innovative business processes, while at the same time ensuring digital sovereignty of data owners. The Industrial Data Space initiative was launched in Germany at the end of 2014 by representatives of the business, political and research sectors. Meanwhile, it is an explicit goal of the initiative to take both the development and use of the platform to a European/global level. In this talk we will discuss the requirements and architecture of the Industrial Data Space as well as promising use cases. The architecture aims at creating data value chains, which will leverage light-weight semantics expressed in domain specific Linked Data vocabularies. The Industrial Data Space supports a wide range of use cases in various domains. At the same time, the next generation manufacturing and production (Industry 4.0) constitutes one of its key application areas.

Workshops, Exhibition Area and Collocated Events

Furthermore on Friday 1 July, BDE, HOBBIT and BYTE co-organise a ¾ day workshop with the theme Big Data: Platforms and Benchmarking. The workshop will start with a quick overview of the three projects followed by an interactive panel, which will consist of Prof. Dr. Sören Auer (Fraunhofer/BDE), Dr, Simon Scerri (Uni Bonn/BDE), Dr. Ed Curry (INSIGHT Centre/BYTE/BDVA), Dr. Martin Strohbach (AGT/HOBBIT) and Dr. Axel Ngonga (InfAI/HOBBIT). The workshop will be chaired by W3C’s Phil Archer. At the final session, a bar camp will be organized among all the participants and attendees. The registration for the workshop is free.

In addition to the above, EDF2016 offers a vast exhibition area and additional collocated events.

Register and meet us there!

The Registration for EDF is free of charge. Thus feel free to register and to meet us at the BDE and IDS booths. We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Written, compiled and condensed by Alexandra Garatzogianni, EIS Project Manager and Business Developer



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