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EUHubs4Data: highlights from the first five months of the project

15/01/2021

The EUHubs4Data project officially started in September 2020 and celebrates its first five months of activities this January. During these months the project has already been able to reach some key milestones and meet some of its objectives:

  • The publication of a federated catalogue including a long list of data and services provided by the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) members of the federation. The catalogues are online and accessible to all interested stakeholders (service catalogue here and data catalogue here) and will be enriched all through the project by adding new services/data from the members of the consortium as well as by incorporating the service offering of the DIHs joining the Federation in the coming months and years.
  • The launch in December of the First open call for SMEs, Start-ups and web-entrepreneurs (deadline 8th of February). This call finances cross-border data driven innovation experiments leveraging the data and services catalogues set up by the project. The selected experiments will receive concrete support from the Digital Innovation Hubs and will gain high levels of exposure and visibility at the European level, on top of obtaining financial support. Two successful information sessions were organised to promote the calls and reached out to more than 200 interested parties. The recording of the information session is available here.
  • The establishment of all communication tools for the project including the website, the Twitter (@EuHubs4) and LinkedIn social media accounts and the YouTube channel. EUHubs4Data can already count on a critical mass of followers on Twitters and LinkedIn with more than 200 followers for each of these channels!
  • The successful submission of key deliverables including the Specification of local service offering and data driven service catalogue, the specification of the service delivery framework, the Census of European data sources and datasets, the Dissemination and Communication Strategy and all project management deliverables.

After this successful start, the project will focus on the activities linked to the first open call including the evaluation of all proposals in February and on the organisation of key community events in the first half of 2021, such as the Data Forum in March and the Data Week in May/June. EUHubs4Data will also start the recruitment of new Digital Innovation Hubs which are expected to join the Federation in the coming years. The project will also continue investing in community building and in the development of a training offer complementing the data and services catalogue.

If you want to know more about this project do not hesitate to visit the website and follow the activities on social media!