Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer IAIS
Dr. Simon Scerri is a senior researcher at Fraunhofer IAIS. He has over 15 years experience in interoperability solutions, knowledge graphs and their applications in both research and industrial settings. Simon received his Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2011), and contributed to research efforts (2005–2013) at the affiliated Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Since 2015 he represents Fraunhofer as a re-elected member of the BDVA Board of Directors, where he leads the European Data Sharing Spaces subgroup.
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This track will bring together leading initiatives that are paving the way for what could become functional implementations of European-governed data sharing spaces. For Europe to compete at an international level, its smaller but highly diversified data producers need to join forces. The European Data Strategy outlines a roadmap to enable and realise data sharing spaces as a means to power up AI in Europe by increasing access to data. The longterm vision is for an initial number of sector-based data sharing spaces to interoperate. The need to comply with European values, ethics and legislation when handling data should not be considered restrictive, but as a safeguard for risk-free data sharing that encourage increased participation. In this track, we want to move beyond the ‘What’ and consider ‘How’ all this can be achieved through convergence and standardization efforts by projects, organisations and other entities possessing the right technical know-how, experiences and commitment.
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