This whole endeavour is received very positively from the Bulgarian government and industry, as the goal is to foster and develop a vivid data ecosystem not just within the country, but in the region as well, that will pave the way for significant scientific contributions, successful commercial collaborations with industry and high international visibility.
With innovation pillars such as Data-Driven Government (public services enhancement and efficient decision making based on Open Data), Data Driven Industry (smart factories production optimization and sustainable precision agriculture), Data Driven Society (better living through smart and sustainable cities creation, advanced health care and improved environment) and Data-Driven Science (cultivating new generation data scientists), the GATE project aspires to create a centre that produces responsible research and innovation relevant to the national priority sectors and of European high standards.
To create this guide, one of the first tasks was to conduct a survey on existing CoEs in Europe, as well as their challenges, successes and strategies. We found that 21 centres belong to Western Europe, 5 to Southern Europe, 5 to Northern Europe. Therefore, it was only natural to realise that GATE is trying to achieve a very important move that aspires to strengthen the research capacity in Big Data in Eastern Europe.
But how can a new Centre in Eastern Europe avail of the best practices of CoEs mostly in the region of Western Europe? Our best practice guide was conducted through extensive literature survey on successful CoEs and it is enhanced by detailed interviews with the key management people from successful CoEs across Europe.
Insight Centre of Data Analytics / BDVe
“A growing ecosystem of digital and high-tech entrepreneurs has emerged in the past years in Bulgaria and many international companies have their IT offices in Bulgaria, in order to tap into the pool of highly qualified ICT specialists. In this process of most rapidly increasing innovation performance at EU, GATE aims to play a pivotal role in this dynamic innovation ecosystem. By seamlessly integrating connected fields and associating complementary skills and by transforming the scientific results into new governmental, scientific, industrial and societal applications the CoE will add value to knowledge and will achieve a high level of scientific and industrial connectivity. The project team sees a great opportunity to expand this local ecosystem and to integrate it within the European Big Data community.”