Special Issue "A European Approach to the Establishment of Data Spaces"

A special issue of Data (ISSN 2306-5729). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Systems and Data Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alexander Kotsev
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European Commission DG Joint Research Centre, Unit B6, Via E. Fermi 749, 21027 Ispra VA, Italy
Interests: data-driven innovation, sensor web, GIScience, web services, emerging technologies, data standardisation and interoperability, data fusion, spatial data infrastructures
Dr. Marco Minghini
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European Commission-Joint Research Centre (JRC), Via Enrico Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Interests: crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information and OpenStreetMap; land cover/land use validation; open source geospatial software; geospatial interoperability; Spatial Data Infrastructures
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Dr. Massimo Craglia
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European Commission DG Joint Research Centre, Unit B6, Via E. Fermi 749, 21027 Ispra VA, Italy
Interests: environmental data infrastructures, interoperability, geographic information
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Dr. Stefano Nativi
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European Commission DG Joint Research Centre, Unit B6, Via E. Fermi 749, 21027 Ispra VA, Italy
Interests: IT project management; knowledge management; information technologies; information analysis; remote sensing; geographic; information system; information technology; earth observation; artificial intelligence; data science
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Dr. Carlos Granell
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The newly launched European Data Strategy [1] defines an ambitious agenda for making use of heterogeneous data sources through the establishment of an agile approach that brings together multiple stakeholders with their different interests, backgrounds, and capacities. The overall objective of the Strategy is to establish a single pan-European market for data, and thus act as a catalyst for digital innovation and growth. Conceptually, the implementation of this ambitious political agenda does not define a rigid ex-ante legal framework. Instead, a flexible approach through the use of sandboxing is envisaged which should ultimately satisfy the requirements of the different stakeholders (academia, businesses, public sector authorities, and citizens) to the maximum extent possible.

A multitude of cross-cutting issues should be addressed which play a key role for the Data Strategy to be successful. These relate to the definition of sustainable governance models for data, appropriate socio-economic incentives, choice of standards and technologies ensuring interoperability, the establishment of reference architectures and licensing frameworks, and multi-source data quality assessment frameworks. Within this context, we welcome multidisciplinary and multi-domain submissions that would contribute to (i) shaping the research agenda, and (ii) providing best practices for data-driven innovation that are in line with European values. In particular, we encourage empirical, methodological, conceptual, or review contributions addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Impact of the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing;
  • Data altruism and citizen empowerment through data;
  • Establishment of data spaces in the following domains: environment, agriculture, health, mobility, public sector;
  • Edge- and cloud-based data architectures, including cloud portability;
  • Data interoperability, standardization, and technologies;
  • Innovative data governance and licensing approaches;
  • Urban and regional data-driven innovation;
  • Development and use of datasets with high social and economic value;
  • Combination, conflation, and/or cross-validation of public, private, and citizen-generated data;
  • New data spaces and data flows emerging during or after the COVID-19 pandemic.

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/europe-fit-digital-age/european-data-strategy_en

Dr. Alexander Kotsev
Dr. Marco Minghini
Dr. Massimo Craglia
Dr. Stefano Nativi
Dr. Carlos Granell
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APIs for EU Governments: A Landscape Analysis on Policy Instruments, Standards, Strategies and Best Practices
Data 2021, 6(6), 59; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/data6060059 - 08 Jun 2021
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Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) could greatly facilitate the exchange of data and functionalities between software applications in a flexible, controlled and secure way, especially on the web. Private companies, from startups to enterprises, have been using APIs for several years now, but it [...] Read more.
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) could greatly facilitate the exchange of data and functionalities between software applications in a flexible, controlled and secure way, especially on the web. Private companies, from startups to enterprises, have been using APIs for several years now, but it is only recently that APIs have seen increased interest in the public sector. API adoption in the public sector faces organisational, technical, legal and economic obstacles, and to overcome these barriers, proposed methods from the private sector and early adopters in the public sector provide a way forward. The available documentation is often sparse, difficult to find and to reuse for new contexts. No past efforts to collect and analyse these resources have been made. To address this shortcoming, this paper describes a landscape analysis in four areas: the main European Commission policy instruments on the adoption of APIs, the available web API standards, a set of European government API strategies and cases, and a list of government proposed methods distilled from more than 3900 documents. Our results reveal that European policy legislation and associated instruments promote, and in some cases mandate, the use of APIs, and that governments’ API strategies in the European Union are rather young but also that there are well known web APIs standards and proposed methods ready to support the digital transformation of governments through rapid, harmonised and successful adoption of APIs. Full article
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Data for Sustainable Platform Economy: Connections between Platform Models and Sustainable Development Goals
Data 2021, 6(2), 7; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/data6020007 - 20 Jan 2021
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In recent years, the platform economy has been recognised by researchers and governments around the world for its potential to contribute to the sustainable development of society. Yet, platform economy cases such as Uber, Airbnb, and Deliveroo have created a huge controversy over [...] Read more.
In recent years, the platform economy has been recognised by researchers and governments around the world for its potential to contribute to the sustainable development of society. Yet, platform economy cases such as Uber, Airbnb, and Deliveroo have created a huge controversy over their socioeconomic impact, while other alternative models have been associated with a new form of cooperativism. In parallel, the United Nations are advocating global sustainable development by promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), considering elements such as decent work, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and fostering innovation. In any case, the SDGs have been also criticised for the lack of digital perspective. This dataset draws from two 2020 European projects’ (DECODE and PLUS) data collections and presents the possibility to compare different platform economy models and their connections with the SDGs. Full article
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