The goal of the session is to present the collaborative work of GATE and its partners on creating a Data Space as an enabler of City Digital Twin and to explore open issues related to the integration of data, metadata and domain knowledge.

GATE’s session “Data Spaces Enabling City Digital Twins” will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art of implementation of City Data Spaces as enablers for Digital Twins. It will present and discuss technical approaches and tools to address data sharing and utilization for Digital Twins as well as current and future use cases where high-value data can release the potential of Digital Twins of cities. Last but not least, it will identify and discuss potential barriers, technological and data-related challenges and constraints that could limit the potentiality of City Data Spaces.

The session will be moderated by Edward Curry, Co-Principal Investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. The keynote talk will be given by prof. Sylvia Ilieva, Director of GATE Centre of Excellence. The presentations will be delivered by Dessislava Petrova-Antonova (GATE Centre of Excellence, Bulgaria), Anders Logg (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), Nikolay Nikolov (SINTEF, Norway), and Vladimir Alexiev (Ontotext, Bulgaria).

The European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) is the flagship event of the European Big Data Value and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community organised by the BDVA and the European Commission (DG CNECT). The 2021 edition will be fully available online and it will take place from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December. EBDVF 2021 theme is “Digital Transformation powered by Data and AI”. The event brings together industry professionals, business developers, researchers and policy-makers from all over Europe and other regions of the world to advance policy actions, and industrial and research activities in the areas of Data and AI. The programme tracks are structured to cover strategic aspects of technological challenges and impact, discussing the topics of adoption of industrial and trustworthy AI, Data Spaces, Data-Driven business models, standardisation, societal impacts and many others.

The session “Data Spaces Enabling City Digital Twins” has been sponsored by the GATE project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 WIDESPREAD-2018-2020 TEAMING Phase 2 programme and the Operational Programme “Science and Education for Smart Growth”.

We hope to provoke an interesting discussion on how effective data integration can push forward Digital Twin modelling, simulation, analysis, and visualization in a variety of urban use cases to enable better use of resources and fewer emissions and to provide for sustainability through construction optimization, smarter urban transport, modernized water and waste treatment facilities and more efficient ways to use energy in buildings.

The full programme of the event and the registration is available at: