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Leipzig Data Week: a glimpse into the Green Deal Data Space and the future of the data economy
Location Innovation Hub presented itself together with the GeoE3 project at the Data Week event in Leipzig from 26 to 28 June. 300 participants were offered an interesting mix of presentations and workshops on the impact of digitalisation and the development of data spaces and AI applications for urban development challenges.
“The role of valuable data sets and the creation of digital twins sparked debate. Cooperation between different actors is needed. The representative of the city of Leipzig emphasised donor requirements for the use of standards, for example to force cities to cooperate. This is something Finland could learn from," says project manager Antti Jakobsson.
The joint stand of the Location Innovation Hub and the GeoE3 project provided information on the services and networks that the projects offer to businesses and public administrations.
“The data platform developed in GeoE3 and our Location Innovation Academy training programme were of great interest to the audience”, says Jakobsson.
Building a European approach
A topical issue for those working on IT and data is data spaces and their importance for the future. For example, there are several ongoing projects defining a Green Deal data space, such as GREAT and AD4GD, which are laying the foundations and building the framework for a European data space. The European Green Deal Data Space will be a place where information on the state of the environment and environmental sustainability will be made available to the European community and businesses according to commonly agreed rules.
“The GREAT project, B-cubed, FAIRiCube, Usage and other initiatives presented at the event are start-up activities and it takes patience to move from top to bottom. When it comes to location data, we are experienced infrastructure builders in Europe and we have expertise in interoperability, accessibility and the sharing economy that will be useful now that data spaces are being created," says Antti Jakobsson.
Tools for businesses
Presentations and discussions highlighted the important role of business in addressing sustainability issues and strengthening the resilience of nature. Cooperation between public administrations and business is essential to ensure that data resources can be used for the right purposes. The focus should be on the needs of data users and how these can be met.
“Although the Green Deal Data Space is only an idea on paper, the tools produced by the GeoE3 project meet the future needs for the development of data integration, data and service management. By studying at the Location Innovation Academy and testing our data platform, you can build the skills needed to move from words to action," says Antti Jakobsson.
- The Hackathon Winners Award Ceremony showcased smart city solutions produced by companies and developer teams to promote digitalisation and efficient use of data in cities. Read more at geoe3.eu.
- Develop your skills with the Location Innovation Academy
- GeoE3 data platform
- Read the JRC information package focusing on the extension and implementation model for common European data spaces in line with the European Data Strategy