Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Big data and B2B platforms

Big data and B2B platforms

The study 'big data and B2B platforms: the next big opportunity for Europe' analyses how to accelerate the growth of the data-based economy and support the development of B2B platforms in Europe, focusing on 2 sectors: automotive and healthcare. It reflects the importance for European companies, in particular, Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to take full advantage of the 4th industrial revolution to maximise innovation and ultimately ensure growth and employment. The study started in December 2018 and will be completed by December 2020.

The objectives of the study are to

  1. Enable businesses, especially SMEs, to reap all of big data's benefits.
  2. Design and implement 2 pilot projects: one on connected and automated mobility and the other on high-impact healthcare.
  3.  Promote and stimulate strategic investment in high-impact projects in the above-mentioned areas.
  4. Support SMEs' participation in the data economy by identifying barriers and recommending possible solutions.

To meet its objectives, the study will deliver 2 pilot projects, with a data-sharing platform for each. We will test and identify legal, technical and practical needs for the viability and functionality of the platforms as marketplaces.

The pilot on the automotive sector is called 'fair and equal data sharing for cooperative, connected and automated mobility'. It will focus on a possible solution for fair and undistorted competition, notably equal access for all market participants to in-vehicle data. To this end, it will pilot the development of a shared server architecture, based on the conclusions of the European Commission study 'access to in-vehicle data and resources' (2017). The pilot will study the challenges and opportunities offered by a shared server solution for data exchange for independent third-party service providers, and the risks associated with possible market distortions introduced by the forerunners. It will also investigate the required capabilities and economic and technical competences of third-party service providers and vehicle repairers, as well as the security, liability, data protection and ownership, anonymisation and user consent issues. 

The pilot on high-impact healthcare is called 'piloting a high-quality, diabetes-related data repository by using the latest technologies and big data breakthroughs'. It will focus on developing a pan-European data-sharing platform that responds to FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) and can connect data from different research sources. This pilot will help to gain insight into the hurdles and opportunities of a health data marketplace with a clear focus on type 2 diabetes health data. Specific use cases will show the added value of such a federated data.

Multi-stakeholder workshops will support the design and implementation of the pilots. Each pilot has 4 workshops, one for each phase. Their purpose is to discuss progress and validate the intermediate and final results of the study with selected experts.

Study material and information

Press release on study and workshop
Workshop report - fair and equal data sharing for cooperative, connected and automated mobility 
Workshop report - piloting a high-quality, diabetes-related data repository with the latest technologies and big data breakthroughs 
Study overview infographic - Big data and B2B platforms: the next big opportunity for Europe
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