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i-Spaces are Trusted Data Incubators targeted to accelerate take-up of data driven innovation in commercial sectors like Manufacturing 4.0, Logistics, eCommerce, Media, Aerospace, Automobile, Energy, Agriculture and Agroindustry, Pharmacy; as well as in non-profit sectors (eGovernment, Environment, Public Health, Smart Cities). Expected Value includes Economical, Societal as well as Environmental dimensions.

These platform host Closed as well as Open Data from Business and Public sources (language resources, geospatial data, healthcare data, economic statistics, transport data, weather data…).

The basis of i-Spaces will be an existing infrastructure that can be based on a geographic, sectoral or company ground or a combination of them. i-Spaces entities are pre-competitive and non-profit, though proposing a sustainable business model.

Labelled i-Spaces, beyond an exchange of good practice, form a Europe-wide federation, in order to foster trans boundaries data innovation. At least one i-Spaces partner is a member of BDVA.

In the concept of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) i-Spaces act as the nucleus with their competencies, infrastructure and expertise.


i-Spaces have implemented their own infrastructure with big data targeted architectures with ad hoc processing power, online storage and state of the art accelerators. Remote access includes adequate network access facilities. IT security and data protection procedure extend beyond the industrial state of the art. These infrastructures are located inside Europe boundaries.

Available on demand software include tools to manage unstructured data, semi-structured data and structured data onto a single platform with user-oriented retrieval and processing tools requires up-to-date methodological technologies (i.e.: querying, indexing, feature extraction, modelling, predictive analytics and visualisation).

Beyond Data Science and Big Data Infrastructures skills, i-Spaces maintains state of the art skills related e-security expertise in technical as well as legal and regulatory domains.

i-Spaces initiate or support Education programs in Data Science.


i-Spaces elements take a position as trusted platform for the BDV ecosystem playing the role of a sandbox; they offer trusted and secure environment allowing Research, Education and Innovation with data, acting as hubs to connect different stakeholders.

The Data Innovation community includes Data Providers (Large groups, SMEs), Data Users (Large groups, SMEs), Data Innovators (Data Scientists, Startups, web entrepreneurs) and relevant IT and Legal Services Providers. IT Providers include both open source and proprietary commercial off-the-shelf solutions.

Business Acceleration programs and Skills Developments could be incorporated by i-Spaces in order to fasten new services entry onto the market. An expert community will be involved to foster entrepreneurship from very different backgrounds.

i-Spaces are the main elements of Big Data Value PPP to assure that innovations and research on BDV technologies.


With a BDVA label, it is assured that the i-Space meets the requirements and the definition of BDVA in technical as well as in an organized manner. The is-Space label is well recognized as a quality label on a European level. It benchmarks the different initiatives through the different categories. The label which is always granted on large European Big Data events creates visibility to the national efforts around Big Data.
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The Big Data Value Association advertised and granted a label for European Innovation Spaces to help drive forward Big Data adoption across all domains within European industry. Every year, existing hubs can obtain a label as a “BDVA i-Space”, after an evaluation process based on a comprehensive criterion catalogue. The new label is granted in three grades: Bronze, Silver and Gold. These grades are aligned with the maturity and potential impact of the candidates in five main domains: Excellence of infrastructure, Quality of Services, Projects and sectors, Impact to Eco System and Business model.
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