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Big Data and the European Commission: How to get involved.

by Roberto V. Zicari on September 7, 2011

I reported in a previous post that the European Commission has a budget for funding projects in the area of “Intelligent Information Management”.
The European Commission is looking to support projects that develop and test new technologies to manage and exploit extremely large volumes of data, with real time capabilities.

Here are some new interesting information on how you can get involved.


1. The Call 8 of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is published since 20 July 2011 (Call FP7-ICT-2011-8).

2. A new document called “Technical background notes for Framework Programme 7, Strategic Objective ICT-2011.4.4 “Intelligent Information Management” is now available.
The document provides background information and technical commentary on the Strategic Objective ICT-2011.4.4 as far as checklists. It aims to facilitate the preparation of proposals on this objective and the preparation of the Information and Networking Day.

3. An Information and Networking Day, will take place on 26 September 2011 in Luxembourg, at the Jean Monnet Conference Centre.
The Registration for the Information and Networking Day is open until 19 September 2011, 18h00 on the EU Event’s page.
You can also visit the home page of the EU Unit Technologies for Information Management for more information.

The deadline for submitting Presentations and Posters, and for the Pre-proposal service registration is 19 September 2011, 18h00 CET.

Useful information on the Information and Networking Day, 26 September 2011 in Luxembourg,

Matchmaking Sessions: These sessions are dedicated to “matchmaking/partner finding”, where you can present your organisation, your skills and ideas (morning), or state what sort of partners and skills you are looking for (afternoon sessions).
If you wish to take the podium for three minutes (maximum three slides), please tick the option in your online registration form and upload the presentation in the foreseen box in your participant’s profile.
Please choose the relevant session and indicate the headline of your presentation not later than the 12 September 2011 and finalise your slides by 19 September 2011.

The slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and the confirmation and exact timing will be communicated to you by e-mail. The presentations will be published after the event, if you have ticked the box “I do not object to the publication of my presentation on the meeting’s web site”.

Pre-proposal service: The Pre-proposal service will run in parallel to the Event’s programme. European Commission Project Officers will be available to discuss project ideas and offer preliminary feedback with respect to the Work programme and Call 8. If you wish to sign up for a bilateral meeting, please tick this option in the online registration form. The slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and the exact schedule will be communicated to you at the registration desk.

Poster Session: The European Commission facilitates a poster session. It will give the participants the chance to showcase their work and to advertise their skills. No commercial advertising is allowed. Please send the posters electronically via your profile as registered participant and bring the paper version to the event (no print-out service is provided, maximum size A1 portrait). Please note that you will receive the confirmation by e-mail. The posters will be displayed in the Foyer of the Jean Monnet Conference Centre.

Registration and terms of participation

1. Participation is free of charge but subject to prior registration and confirmation (only registered participants can access the conference centre).

2. Travel and accommodation expenses must be borne by the delegates and will not be reimbursed by the European Commission.

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