Science fueling the growth of European private companies - Meet the winners of the BlueBRIDGE Competitive Call for SMEs


The 5 winners of the call AquaBioTech Group, Flyby, Kamahu, Sinay and StatnMap were selected based on strict criteria, prioritizing the business growth potential for the blue sector all 5 winning companies belong to.  The companies selected are very diverse in terms of business areas and they represent a perfect sample of the variety of applications that BlueBRIDGE can support. Meet the companies that have started collaboration with BlueBRIDGE as of July 2017...

RDA Europe-BlueBRIDGE Datathon on Fisheries and Aquaculture: main outcomes and datathon material


On 15 and 16 June 2017, more than 70 data enthusiasts came to Heraklion, Crete, to participate in the RDA Europe-BlueBRIDGE datathon for fisheries and aquaculture. The event was kindly hosted by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (IMBBC/HCMR) and allowed participants to brainstorm on three main challenges: i) Developing a holistic approach to spatial planning for marine protected areas based on knowledge transfer and integration; ii) Assessing new fisheries and aquaculture activities and mainstreaming environmental and socio-economic indicators; iii) Incorporating socio-economic and environmental data in aquaculture assessment, strategic planning and performance analysis. After a first introductory session chaired by Yannis Ioannidis, President and Gen. Director, Athena RIC, and Professor of Informatics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, six initiatives, including EMODnet, the RDA Geospatial Interest Group and Fisheries Data Interoperability Working Group, LifeWatchGreece, the PHYSIS project and BlueBRIDGE presented their tools and datasets...

The report of the April Workshop “FAIR Friendly Research Data Catalogue: how far are we?” is out


The main outcomes of the BlueBRIDGE April workshop “FAIR Friendly Research Data Catalogue: how far are we?” are now available in our report (Download the report here).  
The workshop took place on 3 April 2017, in Barcelona (co-located with the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting) and brought together over 40 representatives of H2020 projects, e-infrastructures, European initiatives (such as ELIXIREPOSEUDATGEOSS, GOFAIR, ICOS) and data users, to understand how they are approaching the FAIR principles, what status they are at and to discuss together how to move forward.

Cross e-infrastructures collaboration: enhancing the BlueBRIDGE services through the EGI computing & storage resources


Last week, Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director of the EGI foundation[1] (, opened the EGI Conference 2017 (9-12 May 2017, Catania, Italy) highlighting the importance of collaboration among e-infrastructures.

BlueBRIDGE calls for private sector companies with data management challenges. Only 3 weeks left! Apply now


The application deadline to the BlueBRIDGE Call for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is only 3 weeks away. You have time until the 10th June 17:00 CEST to send your proposal and take advantage of the BlueBRIDGE datasets, services and technologies, and data analytics. The BlueBRIDGE call for SMEs will support 5 lucky SMEs with data management challenges in the fisheries, marine, environmental & ecological domains or in the aquaculture providing integrated data management solutions that combine different technologies and resources (such as datasets from different data sources not harmonised, as well as computing resources, data analytics tools). To apply, all you need to is download the proposal application template, complete all five sections and submit it through the online submission portal.

Business2Sea 2017 - Matchmaking Event


Business2Sea is dedicated to stakeholders from the different activity sectors of the blue economy and encompasses international conferences, seminars and workshops and an exhibition space for sea products, services and technologies. 

RDA EU - ENVRI Summer School on Data Management and Data Science 12-16 June 2017 Helsinki/Espoo, Finland


For five days, experienced teachers will first present data management and analysis concepts and methods and then support hands-on sessions in such a way that at the end of the course the participants will be able to successfully deal with a wide range of Data Science related activities.

BlueBRIDGE article highlighted in the ERCIM News No.109: Making the development and deployment of VREs easy and effective


The ERCIM News No.109 featured an article on Virtual Research Environments (VREs), written by Donatella Castelli, Pasquale Pagano and Leonardo Candela, CNR-ISTI & BlueBRIDGE consortium.

UNESCO and DG MAREadopted a joint roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide


On March 2017, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) adopted a "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide".

If you are a user of marine data, then become part of the Europen Commission’s informal expert group on marine knowledge!


The European Commission is looking to set up an informal expert group to advise on scientific, technical and operational matters in marine observation and assisting the monitoring of the development of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet).