[OSM-talk] Call for Contributions - European Data Forum 2014 (EDF2014), March 19-20, 2014

Angelos Tzotsos gcpp.kalxas at gmail.com
Sat Oct 5 10:18:55 UTC 2013

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European Data Forum 2014 (EDF2014)
Athens, Greece
March 19-20, 2014

- Submission of proposals:  December 10 2013, 22.00pm CET
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: early January 2014
- Full EDF2014 program available: end of January 2014

The European Data Forum (EDF) is an annual meeting place for industry, research,
policy makers, and community initiatives to discuss the challenges and
opportunities of data in Europe, especially in the light of recent developments
such as Open Data, Linked Data and Big Data. The forum balances technical (the
technology and infrastructure needed to master the volume, heterogeneity and
dynamicity of today’s data), application (new products and services that are now
possible due to Open Data, Linked Data and Big Data), and socio-economic issues
(social impact, legal issues, government policies and regulations, business
models, commercialization and innovation in this new era).

Our aim is to bring together all stakeholders involved in the data value chain
to exchange ideas that address the above challenges and opportunities, in order
to strengthen the European data economy and its positioning worldwide.
Discussions at EDF provide input to research, development, and policy activities
at the European Commission (e.g. Horizon 2020) and those of the EU member
states, with the aim of influencing the development of the new European data

An additional goal of the European Data Forum is to establish and foster a truly
European data community and ecosystem. This emerging community enables promising
ideas to move from the stage of research questions all the way to successful
deployment and market introduction. At the same time, its stakeholders will
mutually reinforce their strategies that will result in a forward-looking,
dynamic, and well-integrated EU-wide ecosystem.

Because of the strategic importance of multilingualism in Europe, EDF 2014 will
promote the integration and co-operation of the European data community and
language resources community. The synergy of these communities is critical for
new types of multilingual digital services and the creation of a European
digital single market without language barriers.

EDF2014 will be held in Athens, Greece on March 19-20, 2014. The program will
consist of a mixture of presentations, panels and networking sessions by
industry, academics, policy makers, and community initiatives. Topics will cover
a wide spectrum of research and technology development, applications, and
socio-economic aspects of the data value chain.

With this call for contributions, we are seeking inspiring presentations
addressing the topics listed below:

- Innovative research and technology for Open Data, Linked Data and Big Data
* New data models, languages and system architectures
* Visualisation techniques
* Data and content analytics - data mining
* Semantic technologies and the Web of data
* Geospatial information and its importance in the new era
* Language resources and technologies in the new data value chain
- Applications
* Innovative Open Data, Linked Data and Big Data applications in different
sectors of the European economy (geospatial, finance and insurance, health,
energy, telecommunications etc.)
* Open Data, Linked Data and Big data for development
* Particularly welcome in this year’s EDF are applications showcasing how
governments and the public sector are making use and benefiting from Open Data,
Linked Data and/or Big Data
- Socio-economic and policy issues
* Economic and business models for new data markets
* Legal issues, policies and the European regulatory framework
* Cross-sector learning and collaboration for Open Data
* Security and privacy
* Data governance
- Data visions for the future

We distinguish between the following types of presentations:

- In-use contribution: Presentations with a practical, industry- or
user-oriented focus by representatives of technology providers, adopters, and
user organizations.
- Research contribution: Presentations with a technical focus by representatives
of academia and research centres. Research contributions should summarize a
broad range of techniques, methodologies or tools of relevance to Open Data,
Linked Data and Big Data that have been recently developed by the presenters;
papers on specific technical results or systems should be rather submitted to
specialized research conferences.
- Impact contribution: Presentations with a specific focus on impact-creation
activities including policy development, road-mapping, standardisation,
exploitation and training.

Each proposal for a presentation will have to provide the following information:
- Contributor names and short CVs
- Type of the presentation proposed
- Title of the presentation
- Summary of the presentation (100 words)
- Extended abstract of the presentation (at most 4 pages in 11pt A4 format)

Proposals for presentations should be submitted as a single PDF file at

If you experience any difficulties using the submission system, please send the
proposal via e-mail to edf2014 at data-forum.eu. Proposals will be reviewed by the
Organizing Committee of EDF2014 according to their relevance to the scope and
purpose of the event.

EDF2014 facts
- EDF2014 website: http://2014.data-forum.eu/
- Overall EDF website: http://www.data-forum.eu/
- LinkedIn Group: http://bit.ly/linkedin-EDF
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/EUDataForum
- twitter hashtag: #EDF2014

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