A network of Big Data Centres of Excellence in Europe
The objective of the Network of Big Data Centres of Excellence in Europe is to foster collaboration and promote the sharing of best practices between existing Big Data Centres of Excellence. The Network collaborates on topics including capacity building, educational programmes, centre governance, models for industrial collaboration, national data ecosystem development, and critical technical issues. The network was founded by Know-Centre and the Berlin Big Data Centre (BBDC) and is run with an extended core group including INSIGHT, IMEC, RISE and Big Data CoE Barcelona.
Big Data Centre of Excellence Framework
A best practice framework for Big Data Centres of Excellence has been developed to foster collaboration and share best practices between existing centres of excellence and support the establishment of new centres. The development of the best practice guide is conceptualised as a framework to capture appropriate methods for operating a BDVCoE including best practices, guidelines, challenges, successes, and opportunities. The resulting Big Data Centre of Excellence (BDVCoE) best practice framework is illustrated below:
Supporting New Big Data Centres of Excellence
How can a best practice guide be used to facilitate a new centre? We are working with a new centre in Sofia to answer this question. The best practices guide was shared with the first dedicated Big Data Centre of Excellence in Bulgaria that would make it the first one in Eastern Europe. The new centre is supported by the “GATE – Big Data for Smart Society” project, which is funded by Horizon 2020 WIDESPREAD-2016-2017 TEAMING Phase 1 programme and involves partners from Sofia University (Bulgaria), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and Chalmers Industriteknik (Sweden). GATE’s goal is to create a sustainable plan for a Big Data Centre that will gain the necessary European and National funding for the establishment of the Centre of Excellence.