Meet the Partner: The European DIGITAL SME Alliance

Each month, we will be asking one of the project partners about what they do in i3-MARKET, why they are excited by the project and what they think the benefits of the project research will be. First up, the European DIGITAL SME Alliance!

How do you view your company’s/organisation’s role in i3-MARKET?

DIGITAL SME are part of i3-MARKET to make sure that the right people hear about the project: the end-users, the policymakers and the companies that are the backbone of the European data market and ecosystem and that can benefit from a better integrated European data market, and it is our job to talk to them.

Why do you participate in the project? How can i3-MARKET have a long-term impact on your work?

The European Digital SME Alliance works with companies that are considered innovators or frontrunners when it comes to the adoption or creation of new technologies. Yet even our members know that we are only scratching the surface when it comes to the use of data in Europe, and to achieve its potential Europe will need improve access to, and accessibility of, data, and i3-MARKET can make this happen. We are also involved in numerous other European initiatives, where i3-MARKET’s solution could be adopted or serve as a model for data federation among different stakeholders. 

What do you think will be the main benefits of the i3-MARKET to the end-users?

By connecting and expanding existing, siloed, data marketplaces, producers and sources in Europe, i3-MARKET will greatly enhance European companies access to, and ability to use, buy and sell, a wider variety of data in a secure, trustworthy and transparent manner. i3-MARKET will be an invaluable resource for all types of companies, from data aggregators to analytics companies, and connecting buyers to sellers will directly promote European innovation and a European data market that not only reflects European values, but ensures European digital sovereignty.

In your opinion, what’s the most exciting and inspiring thing about the i3-MARKET?

We are slowly beginning to see the impact of data strategies and application on everyday life, even with a fragmented data market. The possibilities and achievements that can be realised through greater accessibility to data have the potential to change the world, and i3-MARKET can help make that happen!


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The i3-Market project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 871754.