Data Week is the spring gathering of the European Big Data and Data Driven AI research and innovation communities. In Data Week, the participants share knowledge and results, discuss topics of common interest, find synergies, build new collaborations and identify new challenges and recommendations. Data Week also links the communities and their results to the European policies and market needs and brings European initiatives and activities closer to local communities.

Data Week 2022 will take place during a period of 3 weeks. An online opening event will kick-start the activities on the 24th of May. The event weeks includes local events organized by the BDVA i-Spaces and international online sessions/workshops by the community, running until June 3rd. Finally, Data Week culminates at the 2-day physical event on June 8th and 9th at Naples, Italy, where the major topics discussed throughout the event weeks will be tackled through keynotes, panels, round tables and presentations by experts.

The online activities to the Data Week are free of charge, requiring only registration. The on-site conference in Naples, Italy has an entry fee.

Data Week 2022 main theme is “Towards an innovative, trusted and fair European data economy”.

During that event, EGM will hold a keynote speech at the “Data over troubled water” session :

Twin transition (digital and green) brings challenges that must be addressed timely. Cities and communities represent a fertile environment for an effective innovation. To boosting local ecosystems and enabling the transition towards a data society, data spaces represent a key enabler of the Green Deal goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

The EU Missions strategy highlights the need of a systemic approach, talking in terms of Key Communities Systems. One of these key systems, together with land use and well-being, is Water Management.

Digitalisation represents a key enabler for the water sector, which can be leveraged to implement strategic policy commitments and directives at National, European, and international levels. It underpins a transformation process towards more resilient and sustainable water services and data-driven decisions, generating benefits for the society, the economy, and the environment by facilitating the optimisation of the resources’ consumption, the enhancement of health and safety, as well as the minimisation of negative socio/economic impacts due to climate change.

It is thus fundamental to improve decision making and action planning by leveraging on data available, despite such data is actually dispersed, non-standardized and generally of low quality. Moreover, under the perspective of Data Spaces, there is a big opportunity to merge and integrate data from different sources, pulling data-resources from other correlated sectors, including urban infrastructures, climate and energy, in order to understand interdependencies and generate value-added insight about their nexus and their combined impact on society and on the environment.

To this end, we are witnessing convergence of interests and initiatives towards the establishment of Data Spaces for the water sector. As a key example, BDVA, FIWARE Foundation, Water Europe interacting and collaborating both at technical and business level, but also involving more and more communities’ networks and related stakeholders, like Open And Agile Smart Cities within the movement

This workshop will focus on AI and Data services relevant for the water domain, blending competencies from the water domain (including social sciences experts), water domain technology providers and innovation companies, as well as the technical community that is driving the development of data spaces, thus increasing the resilience of the water sector as key system for local communities.

The workshop is the joint work of the BDVA “TF7.SG8 Smart Governance and Smart Cities”, the Water Europe “Digital Water Systems and Interoperability WG”, and the FIWARE “WATER Domain Committee”.

Detailed agenda is available here.