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Major EU Data Conference Focuses on Opportunities of 'Big Data' in Europe

09.04.2013, 10:14 GMT

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.

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

The European Data Forum is supported by the European Commission and is an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU. The forum highlights elements of the EU's Digital Agenda, a key focus of the Irish Presidency programme. 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.

For a full programme visit:

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