RDA EU Data Innovation Forum, 30 January 2018, Brussels, Belgium

RDA EU Data Innovation Forum, 30 January 2018, Brussels, Belgium
30 Jan 2018

RDA EU Data Innovation Forum, 30 January 2018, Brussels, Belgium


The European Data Economy can flourish only if data is accessible & re-usable across borders, across types of organisations (private, public, research) and across different disciplines and sectors.

European researchers, developers, service providers and private sector representatives are invited to join the discussion on the role of research data in the Data Economy context and the RDA contribution to the different Data Economy building blocks. 

The goal of the event is to collect and converge the different perspectives and push forward new innovative ideas in the overall context of the challenges and opportunities of the European Data Economy and data-driven innovation in Europe mapped to ongoing activities or future challenges to be addressed by RDA WGs & IGs. Furthermore, RDA Europe is looking to define a pragmatic list of data challenges that are discussed on a national level which may influence the digital national agendas or form proposals to be discussed at the next RDA Plenary in Berlin, 21 - 23 March 2018. 

Ultimately the forum will be focused on engaging industry and private sector stakeholders who are involved in scientific research and support the adoption of the RDA Outputs by industry and gathering input from the regional, national activities in Europe – understanding the landscape and defining a way forward for the RDA National nodes. 

Registration is free of charge and open to all: https://rd-alliance.org/registration-rdaeu-data-innov-forum-2018


Draft Agenda

09:00 – 10:30

Finding a common ground: Industry, research data and the EU Data Economy

Discussing challenges for research and industry data in the context of the European Data Economy, common ground and points of convergence. 


  • Anna Garcia Robles, Secretary General of Big Data Value Association (BDVA)
  • Irina Kupiainen, CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd.
  • Maria Rehbinder, Legal Counsel IP at Aalto University
  • Paolo Budroni, University of ViennaData Management Policies for SMEs
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30

Facilitating data management, sharing & re-use – RDA Technical & social bridges / solutions

The session will be dedicated to presenting RDA cross-sector research and Industry solutions, implementation and use cases, lessons learnt. 


  • Raphael Ritz, Max Planck SocietyData Foundation & Terminology Recommendation
  • Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of TechnologyData Citation Recommendation: adoption by industry/large companies for data audits, to solve the organisational and technological challenges to track data usage in a company
  • Stefano Nativi, CNR Brokering governance Recommendation: the sustainable Business Models for Brokering Middleware to support Research Interoperability
  • Peter McQuilton, FAIRsharing.org / University of Oxford: FAIRsharing registry – supporting producers of standards, databases, repositories, policies and building a registry to make resources discoverable for both public and private sector users
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30

Opportunities to shape future data research - blockchain and what is it for and what not

Panel to discuss a selection of topics where research and industry meet and how these can be incorporated in the current or future agenda of the RDA WGs & IGs. The panel will particularly focus on the blockchain technology that has got much attraction recently. How does its technology look like, what are its offers looked at from different views and what are its limitations. The views taken are from the typical data processing labs, future IoT data trading scenarios, health applications, education and AI based data analytics.


  • Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Society: Short Introduction of blockchain and its possible role in IoT data trading
  • Edwin Morley Fletcher, Lynkeus: Applying blockchain in Health sector 
  • Monique Morrow: Strategy for blockchain in data-driven applications
  • Visa Vallivaara, VTT: Blockchain technologies
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00

Wrap-up & identify calls to action


Venue: The Hotel Brussels, Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000