i3-MARKET Demonstrator Forum

DIGITAL SME, together with i3-MARKET, will organise a requirements gathering forum on 31 January, 10.00-12.30 to discuss how the project can help SMEs power their Digital Transformation by facilitating their access to Big Data and Data Marketplaces.

In this forum, the i3-MARKET partners will first discuss how they understand the opportunities, challenges and barriers that SMEs face when attempting to exploit European data markets for their businesses, and will present the concepts and ideas behind the creation of the i3-MARKET Backplane, which is designed to facilitate easier access to Data for SMEs.

Following this, a series of Breakout Room discussions will be held to allow the audience to present their own challenges, thoughts and ideas regarding how they currently use data and how the i3-MARKET Backplane could help them to improve their use of data.

Why Digital Transformation Matters for SMEs

Digital Transformation has arrived and currently seems to be happening too fast for societies to truly harness the powers of the transformation.  As data is currently seen as the new oil, marketplaces that bring value to data assets becoming more popular, while data economy models are being developed. Digital Transformation is an opportunity for new ideas, disruptive models and only SME’s and Entrepreneurs have the speed and agility to adopt and adapt new business models, especially in relation to large industries.

In order for companies to achieve this, it is important that they can access relevant, useable and useful data. i3-MARKET is therefore developing a technical solution – the i3-MARKET Backplane – to improve access to data for companies, powering digital transformation and the growth of Europe’s data economy.

What is the i3-MARKET Backplane?

The i3-MARKET backplane is opensource software that integrates data markets, via APIs, allowing users to access, sell, and buy European data through common interfaces, secure contracts and trusted payments methods. You can read more about the Backplane here!


The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate to SMEs how the i3-MARKET Backplane will function, with demonstrations of different components and an explanation of how they will be able to use the system themselves. This will be followed up by a World Cafe session, with breakout rooms lead by project partners who will engage with the SME audience to better understand the challenges they face, their expectations and their requirements they would have of the Backplane system.


Introduction and state of Play on Data Platforms in Europe: Dr Martin Serrano

Contextualizing on Data Platforms Needs and Requirements in Europe: Marcio Mateus

Experiences on providing Data Platforms and Marketplaces Support: Ivan Martinez

Trustworthiness Perspectives to Secure Data Platforms in a competitive Single Digital Market – Alessandro Amicone

World Cafe Session

The audience will be split into at least two breakout sessions.

Moderators: Edgar Fries, Susanne Stahnke


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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.