Flyer Smart Data Forum

Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and developed in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Smart Data Forum is a knowledge, demonstration and networking platform for Smart Data technologies and stakeholders in Germany. The Forum is managed by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Germany - Excellence in Big Data
Germany – Excellence in Big Data

The report “Germany – Excellence in Big Data”, jointly published by Smart Data Forum, Bitkom, and Germany Trade & lnvest, presents more than 30 scientific organizations, over 60 technology vendors and more than 40 Big Data users with their research priorities, projects and strategies or products and services. This report is aimed at an inter­ national audience and provides the most comprehensive overview of the Big Data landscape in Germany.

Development of digital technologies

This brochure provides an overview of the programmes developed by the division “Development of digital technologies” at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The programmes revolve around the promotion of research and development at the pre-competitive stage. The aim of the Division’s work is to pick up on key ICT trends at an early stage and to accelerate the process of transferring scientific findings into the development of marketable high-tech technologies with high-level potential for practical applications.

Smart Data – Innovations in Data

Smart Data is part of the German Government’s new high-tech strategy and digital agenda. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has created the technology program “Smart Data – Innovations in Data” to promote 16 selected flagship projects that are developing innovative services.  This should initiate a wide usage of smart big data technologies as early as possible.

Smart Services World – Internet-based Business Services

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has launched a technology programme entitled ‘Smart Services World – Internet-based Business Services’, under which it is providing funding for 20 smart-services projects. The programme is to help developers gain access to markets, build a customer base, and ultimately make German businesses more competitive. More specifically, each of the projects is about building a prototype solution that is based on net – worked smart technical systems and allows for data to be gathered, analysed and used for new services that can be provided via services platforms, app stores and other online market places.

Industrie 4.0 in a Global Context

The transformation of the economy being brought about by Industrie 4.0 is leading to the emergence of highly flexible value networks. Businesses now need to network their production activities both in-house and with the systems of external partners. This in turn requires new forms of cooperation, both nationally and globally. Common norms and standards enabling interoperability between different systems are equally essential.

This study by acatech analyses the opportunities and challenges for businesses of international cooperation and the current competition to establish norms and standards. It is based on interviews and discussions with more than 150 experts from Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, the US and the UK. Detailed country profiles describe the background situation and Industrie 4.0 status quo in the focus countries. Finally, the study makes a number of recommendations for German actors regarding cooperation with international partners.