BYTE Workshops

Throughout the project the BYTE consortium will host a series of workshops, the details of which are below:

Upcoming workshops

BYTE Big Data Community Workshop
Thursday, 1 December 2016

Room 7, Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación
Universitat Politécnica de Valencia
Ingeniero Fausto Elio street
46022 Valencia, Spain


big-data-summitIn the past years, the BYTE project has conducted a series of case studies to understand the positive and negative impacts of the “big data revolution” on European society. It has defined a vision for big data in Europe in 2020, a policy and research roadmap to achieve it, and is now building a community to implement the roadmap. The community is open to civil society organizations, academics, and legal experts and provides them with a platform to feed their concerns into the industry and other practitioners, in order to transition into a responsible data-driven economy in Europe.

In this context, we are glad to invite you to the first BYTE Big Data Community Workshop, scheduled on December 1st, 2016, in Valencia, Spain, in co-location with the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) Summit. With over 300 attendees from Industry, Academia, Public Administration, data owners and users, the BDVA summit is a key occasion to meet and engage with Big Data players in Europe, and to influence the development of the European Big Data Ecosystem.

The BYTE workshop will be a great opportunity to discuss the societal implications of Big Data with the main European industry and policy stakeholders. We plan to focus on the smart cities, environment and health sectors, as well as to strengthen our community, so as to increase our impact with time.

You are warmly invited to take an active part in the workshop and in the community, bringing your perspective on these issues. To view the agenda, please click here.


To register for the BYTE workshop, please fill in this form.

Note that the workshop is part of the BDVA Summit agenda, hence you have to register in the BDVA Summit as a one-day non-member participant.

BYTE bursaries may be available to cover travel, accommodation, daily expenses and one-day passes.

For further information about the workshop, please contact Lorenzo Bigagli –


Past workshops

Workshop on a European Policy Roadmap for Big Data

Tuesday, 20 September 2016
09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Evoluon Center

Eindhoven, Netherlands


Global Forum

BYTE is exploring scientific and industrial organizations in Europe to gain a greater understanding of the positive and negative externalities associated with Big Data. BYTE also tries to foresee the future of Big Data in Europe.

In this workshop, a policy roadmap for big data in Europe will be presented. During the workshop, participants will assess the current state of the roadmap and help to improve it. The workshop will be an opportunity to collect and share inputs into policy-making around data in Europe. Namely, the roadmap will address the following points:

  • Identification of the necessary investments and infrastructure for the development of big data
  • Addressing of the negative externalities of big data and policy making
  • Guidelines for policy making in Big data.

The expected participants of the workshop include: policy-makers, experts from the fields of social sciences, law, and political science, and representatives from industry and civil society organisations as well as academics.



Registration and welcome


Introduction to BYTE Project
Trilateral Research


Towards a policy roadmap for Big Data in Europe
INRIA and contributing partners

  • Summary of the BYTE vision
  • Overview of the methodology
  • Main issues in policy making
  • Roadmap
11:45-13:15 Global Forum Session: A European Big Data Policy

  • Internet of Everything & Big Data
  • Big / Open Data: Monetization
  • Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
  • Data Revolution: New Institutions, New actors, New ideas and New partnerships in
    • Agriculture
    • Financial Sector
    • Entertainment /leisure/Culture…
  • Regulation Impact / Public Policies issues
13:15-14:15 Lunch
14:15-16:00 Roadmap validation and closing remarks
Moderator: INRIA
Participatory workshop to finalise the roadmap elements


BYTE will sponsor a limited number of participants to attend the whole conference, including registration, travel and accomodation. For more information about sponsorship, please email

To attend the workshop, please register for the Global Forum conference directly:


For directions to Evoluon Centre please visit: :

If you are travelling to Eindhoven by plane, you will arrive at Eindhoven Airport.

If you are travelling to Eindhoven by train, you can arrive at Eindhoven Station.



BYTE Big data research roadmapping workshop

Friday 1 July 2016,

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

9:00 ­ 15:00

European Data Forum Logo_0

The BYTE project is developing a research and policy roadmap to help Europe capture a greater share of the big data market while ensuring that the use of big data is socially responsible. This is the first of two roadmapping workshops  devoted to developing the BYTE research roadmap with industry stakeholders, policy-makers, researchers, technical specialists, legal experts and academics. It will take place in Eindhoven right after the European Data Forum 2016 , on 1 July 2016, at the Evoluon.

The workshop will also see the foundation of the BYTE Big Data Community, in liaison with the Big Data Value Association (industry-led, private counterpart in the EC Big Data PPP). The Community will be one of the main outcomes of BYTE and will continue the project mission of investigating societal externalities of Big Data, until 2020 at least.

This is a co-located event of the European Data Forum 2016

Registration link:

Full programme




Foresight Workshop: Big Data Futures for Europe

10 February 2016


Delft, The Netherlands


We would like to cordially invite you to join us at the first of the workshops on developing the BYTE vision for big data for 2020. The workshop will be devoted to developing the BYTE vision with key stakeholders, such as industry, policy-makers, researchers, technical specialists, legal experts and academics. Your participation will ensure that the activities of BYTE speak to the challenges and possibilities for big data in your respective sectors. Essentially, without you, we cannot ensure that the work we do is relevant to you and your colleagues. Please find below a link to a brief brochure detailing the event, the agenda and registration details.

Registration Link

Link to Full Agenda

Slides from the Workshop:

A-XLRM summary for BYTE case studies: Crisis, culture and health

Workpackage 5: Foresight Analysis


Workshop on Exploring the Positive and Negative Impacts of Big Data Across Sectors

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

9:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Dublin, Ireland


 Organizers: BYTE Project Partners

Full agenda


The BYTE project is exploring scientific and industrial organizations in Europe to gain a greater understanding of the positive and negative externalities associated with Big Data. In this workshop the results of this research will be presented including:

A series of case studies and focus groups on Big Data in various sectors such as environment, commerce, smart cities, culture, energy, healthcare, and transport

  • Horizontal analysis to identify the positive and negative impacts, practices, barriers or outcomes of Big Data projects that are shared across different case study sectors
  • Evaluation of societal impacts as evidenced within the different disciplines using the case studies and the horizontal analysis as a backdrop

The BYTE case studies showed a wide range of positive externalities resulting from big data, but also how a lack of trust poses a barrier to the uptake of big data. The use of big data flourishes on larger data flows and thereby disrupts borders between organisations or between citizens and service providers. This disruption of traditional borders leads to uncertainty, distrust and reluctance to participate. It shows up as privacy concerns for citizens, while business fear losing commercial sensitive information and are uncertain about good business models to capture the benefits of big data.

The case studies point to the need for developing practices, which can re-establish certainty and assure a proper balance of interests, and policies providing incentives for the uptake of such practices in big data-based business models. The workshop will also evaluate best practices, including technical, organisational or legal measures, to address these problems.

The expected participants of the workshop include: advisory board members from examined sectors or industries, experts from the fields of social sciences, law, and political science, and representatives from industry and civil society organisations. During the workshop, participants will evaluate the current and potential positive and negative externalities based on the presented outcomes of the case studies, focus groups, and horizontal analysis.


Participation in the workshop is free and open to public. Following link should be used to register for the workshop

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to European attendees. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please contact Umair ul Hassan at 

Past workshops

  • 9 March 2015 – BYTE focus group for big data in health care, London [agenda]
  • 10 March 2015 – BYTE focus group on big data in crisis informatics, London [agenda]
  • 23 March 2015 – BYTE focus group on big “cultural” data, Munich [agenda]
  • 24 March 2015 – BYTE focus group big data and Smart Cities, Munich [agenda]
  • 13 April 2015 – BYTE focus group on big “environmental” data, Vienna [agenda]
  • 16 April 2015 – BYTE focus group on big “energy” data, Oslo [agenda]
  • 17 April 2015 – BYTE focus group on big “shipping” data, Oslo [agenda]

Workshop 1: Validation workshop on economic, political, legal, social and ethical issues in big data

  • Venue: IXXI, the Complex Systems Institute in Lyon
  • Date: 11 September 2014

The first BYTE workshop on the externalities associated with big data enabled partners to share their early results based on their research exercises related to big data and open access, social, ethical and legal issues associated with big data, the economics and politics of big data as well as technological and infrastructural issues. The workshop consisted of a forum for BYTE partners to share these early results, and gain feedback from European and international experts on BYTE findings. The workshop included a plenary by Kave Salamatian, from the University of Savoie.

  • A copy of the agenda can be found here.


  • BYTE Project Overview – Kush Wadhwa (Trilateral Research & Consulting) [Link]
  • Economic Challenges of Big Data: Opening Statement – Claudia Werker (TU Delft) [Link]
  • Big Data Technologies & Applications – Sebnem Rusitschka (Siemens AG) [Link]
  • Ethical and Social Issues in Big Data Practice – Rachel Finn (Trilateral Research & Consulting) [Link]
  • Setting the Scene for Big Data in Europe, looking ahead to the case studies – Guillermo Vega-Gorgojo (University of Oslo) [Link]
  • Legal Issues in Big Data – Hans Lammerant (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) [Link]
  • From Big Data to Banality of Evil – Kavé Salamatian (Universite de Savoie) [Link]