BRIDGE is a European Commission initiative that unites Horizon 2020 Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Islands, and Digitalisation Projects to create a structured view of cross-cutting issues that are encountered in the demonstration projects and may constitute an obstacle to innovation.

BRIDGE is structured with four permanent Working Groups: Data Management, Business Models, Regulation, and Customer Engagement. They are charged with preparing reports and formulating recommendations for the European Commission on various themes that are linked to the future of the energy sector. Moreover, three Task Forces work on specific topics: Energy Communities, Replicability/Scalability Analysis, and Joint Communication.

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The Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is an industry-driven international not-for-profit organisation with 200 members all over Europe and a well-balanced composition of large, small, and medium-sized industries, as well as research and user organizations. BDVA is the private counterpart to the EU Commission to implement the Big Data Value PPP program. BDVA and the Big Data Value PPP pursue a common shared vision of positioning Europe as the world leader in the creation of Big Data Value.

The Big Data Value Public-Private Partnership program aims at creating a functional Data Market and Data Economy in Europe, in order to allow Europe to play a leading role in Big Data in the global market. The BDV PPP is developing an interoperable data-driven ecosystem as a source for new businesses and innovations using Big Data.

The project that provides coordination and support for the current and future H2020 projects within the BDV PPP is BDV ECOSYSTEM (BDVe), fostering a truly vibrant community around Big Data and facilitating the common bodies to discover and exploit synergies.

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OPEN DEI (Aligning Reference Architectures, Open Platforms and Large Scale Pilots in Digitising European Industry) aims at leveraging synergies, identifying gaps, sharing best practices, reinforcing regional/national relationships, as well as putting in place the necessary joint measures to implement common dissemination, communication, training and exploitation action plans among the Innovation Actions (IA) selected projects implementing the EU Digital Transformation strategy.

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the OPEN DEI project focuses on “Platforms and Pilots” to support the implementation of next-generation digital platforms, in several basic industrial domains: Manufacturing, Agriculture, Energy, and Healthcare.

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