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 EC 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.

The Big Data Value contractual Public-Private Partnership (BDV cPPP) is playing a key role in enabling the digital transformation of our society and economy, and in implementing the Digital Single Market Strategy where it supports areas that include data technologies and infrastructures, data platforms, data-driven business (models) and innovation, data standardisation, and skills. 

Find BDVA's response to the European Data Strategy here.

In this paper BDVA supports further research and experimentation on the utilisation of data, AI technologies and data-driven innovation for the good of business and society via a smart mix of technical, legal, ethical and business methods. BDVA acknowledges the critical role of data governance and data quality assurance, and it recommends an experimental research approach to identify the factors for success or failure, e.g. the technology, the nature of data and of stakeholders, the objectives assigned to the governance mechanism, and the legal framework. BDVA also highlights that the EU Data Strategy should put more emphasis on the economics of the Data Value Chain and Business models

BDVA welcomes an integrated approach via the High Impact Project on European Data Spaces and reiterates the importance of linkages with DT-ICT-05 and research data-rich projects and platforms that go beyond an exchange of good practice, to form a Europe-wide federation, to foster real international cross-borders data innovation.  Ongoing and future BDV PPP projects could contribute in a very valuable way to the new High Impact Project and the development of the new European data spaces. The portfolio of BDV PPP projects includes a set of tools and methods in data management and processing, data privacy and protection, data sharing, integration of data analytics with other technologies, large scale deployments, etc, that could be used as the basis for the development of these new initiatives, learning from past experiences and avoiding starting from scratch. More specifically, projects funded under DT-ICT-05-2020 are expected to provide data sharing tools and platforms, data governance frameworks, and availability, quality and interoperability of data, which are supposed to be the pillars of the new European data spaces, so an alignment between all those initiatives would be desirable.

BDVA supports the Data Literacy initiative as part of the broader Digital Skills and Education agenda. The skills required by industry partners to deliver on the promise of the Data Economy need to be identified, classified and quantified. BDVA very much supports the need to resouce and support SMEs and Start-ups. There is however a narrow definition of SMEs in the context of the current Data Strategy, as SMEs can be solution providers and/or data solution consumers, and can, therefore, play many different roles within the data value chain. All relevant viewpoints should be included. In this context, the support from Data-Driven Innovation Hubs and BDVA i-Spaces to SMEs and start-ups iincludeas a key pillar the definition and implementation of training programs (either based on their own experience or in combination with universities of their ecosystems) aimed at closing the gap of companies workforce on data literacy and skills.

BDVA recognises and acknowledges that Data Spaces essentially exist in a heterogeneous landscape of different technologies, products and platforms. Innovation in tools and techniques will be required to facilitate the interoperability of data sharing among these different and diverse platforms. Standardisation has a key role to play here to ensure the broadest engagement of stakeholders in this process. BDVA also recognises that there will inevitably be common issues across the many Data Spaces and to prevent a silo approach to innovation a horizontal coordination action or space is necessary for concertation, integration and collaboration of Data Space innovations.

Document: BDVA’s response to the European Commission’s Data Strategy

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