Smart Data Forum

A knowledge platform and exhibit space for Smart Data technologies and innovations; a meeting place for interested parties from research, business, and government.


Roadshow to Qatar

Smart Data Forum organized a roadshow to Qatar! The goal of this trip was to identify potential cooperation between current research and innovation programs in both countries with a particular focus on smart mobility and smart energy.


Big Data All Hands Meeting

The 2nd Big Data All Hands Meeting was held in conjunction with the Smart Data Innovation Conference (SDIC) on October 11-12, 2017 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The event was jointly organised by SDIL, BBDC and ScaDS. Smart Data Forum was partner of the meeting.



On 11 May 2017 Smart Data Forum and the European Commission presented the initiative NEXT GENERATION INTERNET (NGI). Learn more about the program and join us in shaping the internet of the future!


Big Data Research Newsletter

Big Data Research Newsletter keeps you updated on the research activities of the most prominent big data research centers in Germany.


Germany - Excellence in Big Data

The report “Germany – Excellence in Big Data” provides a comprehensive overview of the Big Data landscape in Germany. It 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. Jointly published by Smart Data Forum, Bitkom, and Germany Trade & lnvest.


Estonia | 05.-06.10.2017

Smart Data Forum meets the e-Estonia showroom

The Smart Data Forum team and a representative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy visited Tallinn to explore the possibilities of collaboration with the e-Estonia Showroom in the context of e-Government Conference.

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Conference | 11.-12.10.2017

Big Data All Hands Meeting 2017

For the second Big Data All Hands Meeting the German Big Data Project presented current results in 25 interesting talks from platforms to concrete use cases to over 100 participants from industry and research.

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About the Smart Data Forum

Smart Data Forum is a knowledge hub, demonstrator and networking platform for Smart Data technologies and stakeholders in Germany. It offers help and orientation for SME in digitalization topics, supports collaboration and exchange among experts and fosters international partnerships in digital future topics. The Forum is 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). It is managed by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Our showroom for exciting Smart Data innovations is located in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

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Big Data & Smart Data – What does that really mean?

Big Data erklärt

While Big Data is seen as the result of the advances achieved in the digitalization of previous analog data sources as well as the emergence of new digital data sources, e.g., from new sensor technologies, Smart Data refers to the economic and social value added from the rapidly growing mountains of digital data in all areas of life. Beyond a consideration of the technologies required for data management and data analysis, the legal and social framework conditions must also be taken into account.

Three questions on Smart Data

Video: Smart Data – What’s the biggest challenge?

Video: Smart Data – What roles do Science, Startups and Politics play in it?

Video: Smart Data – How will it change business?

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Volker Markl
DFKI GmbH (Speaker)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster

Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiegand
Fraunhofer HHI