Big Data Conference Asks Key European Questions

Tuesday, April 9, 2013: Over 400 delegates are attending a two-day European Data Forum, which opened in the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin this morning (April 9, 2013). The conference, which will discuss ‘Big Data’ strategies across Europe, was officially opened by Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.

The European Data Forum is the annual meeting place for industry, researchers, policy makers, and community initiatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of ‘Big Data’ in Europe. 
The European Data Forum is supported by the European Commission, and is being held in association with the Irish presidency of the Council of the EU. Many representatives from the EC will also attend and speak at the event, including Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General of DG Connect.
Other speakers include Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, and representatives from businesses including Telefonica Digital, Exalead, Siemens and EMC. 
At the conference, Michael Gorriz, CIO Daimler, was presented with the European Data Innovator Award. The award recognises outstanding enterprises and individuals, who have shown extraordinary vision and execution in the field of linked enterprise data management. The 2013 European Data Innovator award was made possible by Eccena, a spin-off of Brox IT Solutions and AKSW Research group from University of Leipzig.
Deirdre Lee of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway is the local organiser of the European event: “The Irish Government has recently announced Big Data and analytics as a key part of a €300 million investment in science and technology. This is part of a wider European trend to embrace the potential of Big Data and use it as a strategic and competitive tool for the economic region.”
“At this conference we are asking key questions such as - is the European economy ready for Big Data? Are we reaching out to relevant stakeholders? What does Europe provide in terms of innovative Business Intelligence solutions?”
The EDF2013 is supported by the European Commission as well as by the Digital Repository of Ireland (, STI International ( and DERI, NUI Galway ( with further support from Fáilte Ireland ( EDF2013 is an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU (
The programme will consist of presentations and networking sessions by industry leaders, academics, policy makers, and community organisers on a diverse range of topics, including research and technology development, training and knowledge transfer, and commercialisation.
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More about the Conference’s key questions:
  • Is the European economy ready for Big Data? What are the novel innovation and business models for Open and Linked Data?
    What platforms, marketplaces, policies, and strategies for the development of data ecosystems should be targeted?
  • Are we reaching out to relevant stakeholders? 
    Do the application scenarios and specific technical and non-technical concepts of Big Data providers and consumers meet demands for themes like Smart Cities, Environmental Research, Geo-Spatial Information, eScience, and Social Media?

What does Europe provide in terms of innovative Business Intelligence solutions? 
How can the sector best align with European research agendas and roadmaps for science, technology and innovation, in particular in relation to research framework programmes such as Horizon 2020? Which framework conditions are essential for meeting Europe's ambitions towards a profitable data economy, such as forthcoming standardisation needs and commercialisation opportunities?


About DERI

With over 140 researchers, DERI is one of the world's leading international web science research institutes, and has a specific focus on the Semantic Web and Networked Knowledge. DERI is a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) established in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).As a CSET, DERI brings together academic and industrial partners to boost innovation in science and technology, with its research focused on the Semantic Web. DERI has leveraged its SFI CSET funding to add significant additional research funding from the European Union, Enterprise Ireland, and industry sources. 

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NUI Galway is a research-led University with internationally recognised expertise in areas including Biomedical Science and Engineering, Web Science, Human Rights, Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science, Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Humanities, in particular literature, theatre and Irish Studies.
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EDF2013 Facts 
What: European Data Forum 2013 (EDF2013)
Where: Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin, Ireland
When: April 9 to 10, 2013
More Information:
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The European Data Forum 2013 is a joint activity of the EC projects: 
The EDF2013 is supported by the European Commission as well as by the Digital Repository of Ireland (, STI International ( and DERI, NUI Galway (  EDF2013 is an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU (
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EDF 2013 Press Contacts 
EDF2013 Dissemination Chair
Martin Kaltenböck, Semantic Web Company, Austria 
EDF2013 Local Dissemination Chair 
Deirdre Lee (DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland)
Tel. +353 91 495336
Fax +353 91 495541

Publication Date

April 12th 2013


European Data Forum