European Data Forum 2014 in Athens was great success

About 3 weeks ago the European Data Forum 2014 (EDF2014) took place in Athens, Greece on 19-20 March 2014. LOD2 was again one of the main organisers in this 3rd edition of the free community event to foster the European Data Economy.

More than 500 industry leaders, researchers, and policy makers, were meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of data-driven innovation. With expert speakers in two parallel tracks, an executive panel on Big Data, several networking sessions, a poster session, a 2-days exhibition area, the awarding of the European Data Innovator Award 2014 and 5 specialised collocated events, EDF2014 is the greatest ever assembly of data experts in the EU.

Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of the Digital Agenda, opened EDF2014 and addressed a warm welcome to all participants: “It is an inspiring event today, it is important for Greece, it is important for Europe”. She pointed out that we are in the Big Data era which means more data and more ways to collect, manage, manipulate and use it, making an impact and difference to people’s life: “Data to empower people”.

The Minister of Administrative Reform and eGovernance of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, addressed the EDF2014 and reinforced the focus of the Greek Government in core Data Economy areas as means to promote transparency, government efficiency and growth: “The open data revolution is a trend which my country cannot simply afford to ignore”.

The Eccenca European Data Innovator (EDI) Award for 2014, in recognition for exemplary actions and innovations in the Data Economy, was awarded to Johann Mittheisz, former CIO of the City of Vienna, Austria and the Open Government team of Vienna for the outstanding work on Open Data and Open Government in the City of Vienna, in Austria and the whole D-A-CH region. The award was handed over by Commissioner Neelie Kroes, the Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT Robert Viola, and H.C. Brockman CEO of Eccenca. Neelie Kroes congratulated him: “You are not preaching but practicing. Go on and inspire all of us” and pointed out that Vienna can be a role model for other cities in Europe. Mr. Mittheisz received the award and highlighted the significance of Local Administrations in promoting the Open Data agenda: “I’m working 41 years for the city of Vienna. It’s a great pleasure to receive this prize”.

With over 500 participants that joined EDF2014 in Athens from 19th to 21st of March 2014, more than 50 talks, 30 poster presentations and 30 exhibition stands the European Data Forum 2014 was a great success and supported the idea of an active European data community! The next European Data Forum – EDF2015 – will take place in Luxembourg in autumn 2015 along the EU presidency of Luxembourg.

There is lots of post event information available now – so feel free to manage your follow up:

Further reading on EDF2014 from the LOD2 Team: The next BIG move, by Christian Dirschl, Wolters Kluwer Germany (WKD)

EDF2014 Facts

What: European Data Forum 2014 (EDF2014)
Where: Athens, Greece
When: March 19 to 20, 2014
More Information: http://2014.data-forum.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EUDataForum , hashtag: #EDF2014
Press Area: http://2014.data-forum.eu/about/press-area
LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/European-Data-Forum-4356346
Get in touch: edf2014@data-forum.eu


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