European Data Forum 2012

European Data Forum 2012

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The European Data Forum (EDF) 2012 on June 6-7, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark has provided a sizzling debate on technologies and policies on data.

The European Data Forum (EDF) 2012 on June 6-7, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark has provided a sizzling debate on technologies and policies on data.

It has been a meeting place for industry, research, policymakers and community initiatives to discuss the challenges of Big Data and the emerging Data Economy. Of special focus for the EDF are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), since they are driving innovation and competition in many data-driven economic sectors.

The topics discussed at the European Data Forum range from novel data-driven business models (e.g. data clearing houses), and technological innovations (e.g. Linked Data Web) to societal aspects e.g. open governmental data as well as data privacy and security.

The Program of the European Data Forum 2012 consists of the main track and two side tracks. In the side tracks, the event welcomes following sessions:

  • Session: Realising and Exploiting the EU data cloud
  • Session: Hackathon
  • The first day was opened with the Keynote by Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of unit "Technologies for Information Management" in EC DG Information Society and Media, titled "Leveraging the data potential in Europe". She explained and put into context the European Commissions Open Data Strategy and aligned measures.

    Among other great talks one of the highlights of the first day was the Presentation of successful projects of the European Commission's SME initiative on Digital content and Languages. See the impressive list of projects here.

    The second day was opened by a keynote by Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton, titled "Transparency and Open Data. Why bother?" Other highlights of the day include the Keynote Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation, titled "Open Data: Where We Are and Where We're Going" and the invited talk from Karl Morteo, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), titled "http://data.fao.org - Uniting the data of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO)".

    The exciting conference was completed by a talk by Stefano Bertolo, Project Officer in the unit "Technologies for Information Management" in EC DG Information Society and Media, outlining Future European activities and funding perspectives for SMEs and a talk by Richard Swetenham, Head of Unit of the unit "Access to Information" in EC DG Information Society and Media.

    EDF is based on a cross-project cooperation of LATC (Linked Open Data Around-the-Clock), LOD2, IKS, and PlanetData. It is supported by the European Commission and brought to you by STI International.

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    http://www.data-forum.eu/
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