Data will play a key role in our future. Sometimes called ‘the new oil’, they form a basis for research and innovation and for the development of new products, services and powerful technologies. Innovations arising from open data will improve our lives and boost economic growth.
Data Policy & Innovation (Unit G.1)
The objective of the Data Act is to propose measures to create a fair data economy by ensuring access to and use of data, including in business-to-business and business-to-government situations. The initiative would not alter data protection legislation and would seek to preserve incentives in data generation. Under this initiative, a review of Directive 96/9/EC on the legal protection of databases is also planned in order to ensure continued relevance for the data economy. This questionnaire aims at consulting all types of stakeholders, including citizens and businesses, about the different measures being explored in preparing the Data Act.
The European Commission wants to support data sharing among manufacturing companies and with (service) providers by the facilitation of Manufacturing Data Spaces, which will serve as a model to show how sharing industrial data improves company operations, enhances business opportunities, and supports the transition towards a circular economy.
The final report of the Digitranscope project examines the role of governments and the EU in distributing the value generated from data more equitably in society. The report highlights the need for the EU and its Member States to intensify and accelerate the development of a European way of governing digitization.
The EU funded NYMPH-MD pre-commercial procurement helped the Danish start-up to bring to the market a mobile ehealth solution that supports mental care providers in the treatment of stress, depressions and bipolar disorders. Since this project, the company increased revenues, doubled its workforce, had a very successful IPO on NASDAQ First North Copenhagen and struck a deal with a major pharma company. Monsenso’s mHealth solution is also used in the efforts made towards curbing increased COVID-19 unemployment rates by helping people with stress and depression in getting back to work faster.
The smart use of data can have a transformative effect on all sectors of the economy and can create new opportunities for economic growth, including for small and medium-sized enterprises. From medical care to environment, optimal use of data can also help us address many societal challenges.
Migration is one of the most challenging issues confronting policymakers around the world - and the data they use to help make key decisions is often difficult to analyse. Those at the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography, run by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra in Italy, are trying to make it easier by producing in-depth data that harnesses and connects new data sources.
The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Open Contracting Partnership are joining forces to improve the quality and transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU funds in Greece and Poland. Thanks to their support, two pilot projects will provide expertise and hands-on support to public authorities in both countries, with a focus on digital innovation.
Speech given by Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager on two proposals: the Data Governance Act and the action plan on intellectual property.
The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of both citizens and companies regarding their data, and offer an alternative European model to data handling practice of major tech platforms.
This Impact Assessment accompanies the proposal for a Regulation on data governance (Data Governance Act).
The proposal is the first of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European strategy for data. The instrument aims to foster the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and by strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU.
Setting up a new European way of data governance will facilitate data sharing across sectors and Member States. It will create wealth for society, and provide control to citizens and trust to companies.
At the virtual High-Level Conference "Digital Health 2020 - EU on the Move", the Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU announced their intention to work closely together on a secure and patient-oriented use of health data for Europe, and EU-wide collaboration in this area, through a European Health Data Space for better healthcare, better research and better health policy making.
With a central theme “Towards a strong European Data and AI Ecosystem”, the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) 2020 edition will bring together the German and European communities on Artificial Intelligence and Data.
The public consultation on the European strategy for data ran from 19 February to 31 May 2020. This summary report takes stock of the contributions and presents preliminary trends that emerge from them, focusing on quantitative aspects.
New studies published by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre explain the relationship between human mobility and the spread of coronavirus, as well as the effectiveness of mobility restriction measures to contain the pandemic.
The study provides facts and figures and a series of quantitative stories on data-driven innovation to underpin a range of targeted policy measures addressing the EU data economy. With the help of the study results, it has become easier to get a factual assessment of the huge socio-economic potential linked to the common European data space.
The European Commission has launched a call for tenders to continue offering a meaningful and comprehensive understanding of the main characteristics of the EU data economy.
Climate change is likely to drive migration from environmentally stressed areas. However quantifying short and long-term movements across large regions is challenging due to difficulties in the collection of human mobility data at high spatial and temporal resolution.