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Big Data Europe Workshop: The challenges of big data for societies in a changing world

September 11, 2017 @ 13:30 - 17:00


There are nowadays some irrevocable trends implying that science will open. As regards to data, this implies that sharing instead of owning will become the default. However, there are almost no incentives (but mostly rules & obligations) to make data available and shareable. Seamless facilities for researchers to share data are much needed, and credits need to be attributed when data are re-used.

Europe is developing a Cloud infrastructure where data can be shared and reused. In order to achieve it, data has to be made FAIR – findable, accessible, interoperable and then re-usable. In addition, social data require privacy and security measures.

  • Where are we now in setting up a European cloud infrastructure?
  • How can we implement social science data?
  • How do we organise secure access and provide information and training on the big and complex data collections?

Big Data can make important contributions to the technical progress in key societal challenges identified by the European Union in its “Horizon 2020” and thereby also on OpenScience!

This workshop will focus on societal challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, with a main focus of OpenScience & (Big) Data Management by introducing the background, covering the main challenges, and seeking real examples of the potential, challenges and complexities of using big data in our societies.

Furthermore the Big Data Integrator (BDI,  Platform of the Big Data Europe project and several demos / pilots from different societal challenges (including SC6) realised on top of it will be presented. The workshop is planned to provide space for questions and discussions with speakers and participants as well as for networking!

As the event is embedded as official workshop of the SEMANTiCS2017 conference ( participants are able to participate also in workshops in the morning of the 11th of September and/or join the Platform Linked Data Netherlands MeetUp (PLDN, ) that also acts as the SEMANTiCS2017 conference evening reception. Registered  workshop participants receive also 15% discount on regular SEMANTiCS2017 conference tickets.


Workshop AGENDA

  • 13.00 – 13:30 Registration, Snacks and Coffee
  • 13:30 – 13:40 Welcome by Big Data Europe, Ivana Versic (Cessda)
  • 13:40 – 14:00 The European Research Data landscape, Peter Doorn (Director of DANS)
  • 14.00 – 14:30 European Open Science Agenda: where we are and where we are going to, Ron Dekker (Cessda) 
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Fernando Reis, Eurostat big data team
  • 15.00 – 15:30 Open Discussion (with Speakers Panel): The Importance of Metadata and Big Data in OpenScience / in a Research Infrastructure 
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
  • 16.00 – 16:45 The Big Data Integrator & the BDE Pilots on top, Aad Versteden (TenForce) & Martin Kaltenböck (SWC)
  • 16:45 – 17:00 Outlook Big Data Europe & Fare Well, Ivana Versic (Cessda) and Martin Kaltenböck (SWC)


Short Speaker BIOs

Peter Doorn is director of Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), the Dutch national institute for long-term access to research data. He studied Human Geography at Utrecht University and received his PhD there. He taught Computing for Historians at Leiden University from 1985 to 1997. He was director of the Netherlands Historical Data Archive and head of department at the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services (NIWI). He was Principal Investigator of the DARIAH preparation project (now an ESFRI ERIC). He is (board) member of several organisations in the area of humanities computing, data infrastructure and digital archiving and editor of the newly founded Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ron Dekker has been recently appointed as new CESSDA director. His career path led him from leading positions in the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to SURF, the Dutch IT-innovation organisation for Higher Education & Research, where he served as acting director. In 2014 he was seconded to the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as Project Leader for Open Science in preparation for the Dutch EU Presidency in the first half of 2016. He then moved to Brussels to work as a Seconded National Expert on Open Science at the European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation. Find more information here

Fernando Reis is a member of Eurostat big data task-force in charge of developing a strategy for the integration of big data in official statistics at EU level. He’s involved in the discussion of strategic issues concerning big data and statistical production, including methodology, quality, skills, ethics, communication, legislation, big data policy and IT infrastructure. He oversees pilot experiments on the use of big data sources for official statistics and conduct some studies himself, namely involving mobile phone data and web activity data.

Aad Versteden is TenForce’s Semantic Technologies Innovation Manager.  Aad is a civil engineer in computer science. Having graduated with the option databases, he occasionally gives invited lectures on the topic of Linked Data.  Aadworked on a proprietary Big Data graph store comparable to Apache Cassandra.  At TenForce, he envisions the technical landscape in which the projects are constructed.  He plays an active role in the architecture of the Big Data Europe, ESCO, SPECIAL, and Your Data Stories projects.  Aad is also actively involved in open source communities, like, and maintains various open source projects.

Ivana Ilijasic Versic holds a position of Chief Operations Officer at CESSDA ERIC. For the past 2 years, she served as the Acting Administrative Director for the same institution. Main responsibilities in CESSDA include operational oversight of administration and finances at CESSDA, representation of CESSDA in negotiations of grant and consortium agreements, overall coordination and supervision of external (EU) and internal (work plans) projects, as well as coordination of CESSDA working groups. She is responsible for ensuring the interoperability and coordination of the Service Providers and their activities within CESSDA. She has a Master of Science in Economic Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Social Psychology. She co-authored a number of scientific publications and participated in 19 EU funded projects, and more than 80 EU project proposals. She is also the SC6 domain lead in the “Big Data Europe” project.

Martin Kaltenböck studied communication, psychology and marketing at the University of Vienna. He is co-founder and managing partner of the Semantic Web Company and as CFO responsible for financial and organisational issues. Furthermore he leads and works in several national and international research, industry and projects in public administration – mainly in the areas of project management, requirements engineering and communication activities. He is tutor and publishes in the fields of semantic data- & information management, Linked (Open) Data as well as Open (Government) Data and social semantic web. He is lecturer at national and international conferences and business events in the mentioned topics. Martin is Certified Management Consultant since 2006, member of the Executive Board of the Austrian Chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) as well as Member of the Advisory Council of the Open Knowledge (Foundation, UK) and invited expert of the governmental Cooperation OGD Austria. He is working as invited expert of W3C and is member of the Steering Board of the European Data Forum that he chaired in 2014.



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