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EU DataViz 2021

EU DataViz 2021

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The EU Open Data Days 
EU DataViz and EU Datathon

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The EU Open Data Days 
EU DataViz and EU Datathon

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What is on the programme?

Featuring expert speakers, EU DataViz 2021 provided an overview of innovative techniques and best practices used in both the private and the public sectors, offering the participants valuable insights into open-data and data-visualisation techniques and practices.

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This day casted light on open data as the ‘fuel’ to be reused for shaping Europe’s digital future. Challenges and benefits of reusing data and making it interoperable were discussed along with other related topics.


The thematic sessions were divided as follows: 

  • Thematic session 1: Creating open data ecosystems. Open data has demonstrated to be the key element of innovation to shape our digital future. In order to unleash its potential, governments need to implement open data policies to ensure trustworthy data-sharing. In order to support this, this session proposed insights on how projects that contribute to the open data policy. 
  • Thematic session 2: Data for people. In the digital transformation, citizens play an essential role in this process. This thematic session highlighted the importance of citizen engagement and projects with a special user-oriented approach. 
  • Thematic session 3: Facilitating data reuse. In order to ensure open data, there has to be acceptance and implementation of some principles and strategies. In this session, we focused on the enabling factors as FAIR principles of data, data literacy, and other projects to ensure interoperability. 

Going from open data towards data visualisation, this day highlighted the importance of communicating data efficiently to convey the right message. It brought best practices and techniques to build data narratives and ensure to better serve citizens.


The thematic sessions were divided as follows:


  • Thematic session 1: From open data to data visualisation. This session served as a bridge between open data and data visualisation, focusing on the importance of openness in building a powerful dataviz. 
  • Thematic session 2: Serving citizens with dataviz. Based around best practices and innovative techniques, this session focused on how to better engage citizens in the process and how to serve them better. 
  • Thematic session 3: Using dataviz for policymaking. In this session, we focused on how data visualisation can support the decision-making cycle, with special focus on the EU public sector. 

Fighting youth unemployment, improving the sustainability of the food system, bringing EU decision-making closer to citizens, these are some of the ambitions put forward by the teams of application developers selected to compete in the finals of this year´s edition of the open data competition. 


At this event, the 9 shortlisted teams pitched their apps to the jury who decided the final ranking of the winning teams in each category. The thematic challenges were introduced by an expert panel and the event closed with an award ceremony. To find out more about the annual EU open data competition, visit the EU Datathon website.

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23 November 2021

EU DataViz - Open data

13:30 - 13:40 CET
13:40 - 13:50 CET
Hilde Hardeman
Director-General of the Publications Office of the European Union
13:50 - 14:00 CET
Xavier Bettel
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
14:00 - 14:10 CET
Yvo Volman
Acting Director, Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission
14:10 - 14:25 CET
Laura van Knippenberg
Digital transformation consultant, Capgemini Invent (the Netherlands)
14:25 - 15:10 CET
Moderated by Stefaan Verhulst
Co-Founder, Chief Research and Development Officer, The GovLab, United States
15:10 - 15:30 CET
15:30 - 15:45 CET
Bastiaan van Loenen
Associate professor, Director, Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands)
15:30 - 15:45 CET
David Lusseau
Professor of Marine Sustainability, Technical University of Denmark
15:30 - 15:50 CET
Ravi Kumar
Team Lead for data use and literacy programme, The World Bank
15:45 - 16:00 CET
Giorgia Lodi
Technologist, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies (ISTC) of the National Council of Research of Italy (CNR)
15:45 - 16:00 CET
Minna Joensuu
Deputy Research Director, city of Espoo (Finland)
15:50 - 16:10 CET
Esther Huyer | Raymonde Weyzen
Manager, Data strategy & policy, Capgemini Invent (the Netherlands) | Consultant, Data strategy & policy, Capgemini Invent (the Netherlands)
16:00 - 16:15 CET
Isabel da Rosa | Timo Rantanen | Giovanni Paolo Sellitto
Team Leader, Directorate General of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepeneurship and SMEs, European Commission | Policy Officer, Finnish State Treasury, Finland | Information and Communications Technology engineer, National Anticorruption Authority, Italy
16:00 - 16:15 CET
Joran Van Daele
Open Data Manager, city of Ghent (Belgium)
16:15 - 16:30 CET
Angela Baker
Data Access and Integration Programme Manager, EuroGeographics AISBL (Belgium)
16:15 - 16:30 CET
Antonio Ibáñez
Head of transparency and information reuse, Junta de Castilla y León (Spain)
16:10 - 16:30 CET
Renata Ávila
CEO, Open Data Knowledge Foundation
16:30 - 16:45 CET
Pavel Zbornik
Intelligence Analyst, Directorate-General Research and Innovation of the European Commission
16:30 - 16:45 CET
Ahmad Barclay
Census data visualisation lead, Office for National Statistics (United Kingdom)
16:30 - 16:50 CET
Barbara Šlibar | Enrique Mu
Teaching assistant, Faculty of Organization and Informatics Varaždin, University of Zagreb (Croatia) | Professor of Management at Carlow University (United States)
16:50 - 17:25 CET
Nuria Oliver
Co-founder and Vice-president, ELLIS - European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (Spain)
17:25 - 17:30 CET
Pascal Leardini
Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Operating Officer of the European Commission
17:30 - 18:00 CET

24 November 2021

EU DataViz - Data visualisation

13:30 - 13:50 CET
13:50 - 14:00 CET
Boštjan Koritnik
Minister of Public Administration of Slovenia, representing the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
14:00 - 14:10 CET
Sixtine Bouygues
Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Communication, European Commission
14:10 - 14:40 CET
Valérie Saintot
Head of Legislation Division, European Central Bank
14:40 - 15:10 CET
Jonathan Schwabish
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute (United States)
15:10 - 15:30 CET
15:30 - 15:50 CET
Benjamin Wiederkehr
Managing Director, Interactive Things (Switzerland)
15:30 - 15:50 CET
Mirko Lorenz
Chairman and co-founder, Datawrapper, Germany
15:30 - 15:50 CET
Ana Florina Pirlea | Divyanshi Wadhwa
Statistician, Development Data Group, The World Bank | Data Scientist, Development Data Group, The World Bank
15:50 - 16:10 CET
Jose Berengueres
Professor of Design Thinking, University of United Arab Emirates
15:50 - 16:10 CET
Tamara Flemisch
Information designer, Destatis – the Federal Statistical Office of Germany
15:50 - 16:10 CET
Darren McGarry | Wouter Nijs
Communication and visualisation team leader, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission | Project Officer, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
16:10 - 16:30 CET
Bernhard Krabina
Team coordinator, KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research (Austria)
16:10 - 16:30 CET
Marco Cortella | Davide Vernassa
Data visualisation specialists, KNOWAGE – Engineering Group (Italy)
16:10 - 16:30 CET
Caroline Goulard
CEO, Dataveyes (France)
16:30 - 16:50 CET
Matthias Stahl
Deputy Head of Graphics & Interactives, DER SPIEGEL
16:30 - 16:50 CET
Philip Shiebold, Geert Stox
Creative Director, ICF Next (Belgium) | Head of Strategy and Senior Strategic Planner and Strategic Advisor, ICF Next (Belgium)
16:30 - 16:50 CET
Lisanne van Weelden | Shirley Kempeneer
Assistant professor, Utrecht University (the Netherlands) | Assistant professor, Tilburg University (the Netherlands)
16:55 - 17:25 CET
Matteo Moretti
Co-founder and designer, (Italy)
17:25 - 17:30 CET
Paul Hofheinz
President and Co-founder, The Lisbon Council, ASBL
17:30 - 18:00 CET

25 November 2021

EU Datathon - Competition finals

09:00 - 09:05 CET
Hilde Hardeman
Director-General of the Publications Office of the European Union
09:05 - 09:15 CET
Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for Budget and Administration
09:15 - 09:20 CET
Suzanne Dael
Expert, European Environment Agency
09:20 - 09:30 CET
Marcos Martínez
Boost recycling because there is no planet B.
09:30 - 09:40 CET
Gordana Vujovic, Hajdana Milovic, Biljana Vujovic
Turn your city FROm Grey 2 Green, one tree at a time.
09:40 - 09:50 CET
Aishwarya Shastry, Kuhu Gupta, Nishtha Bhan
Fuel your body without fouling the Earth!
09:50 - 10:00 CET
10:00 - 10:05 CET
Aleš Veršič
Head of the Slovenian Open Data Portal of Slovenia, Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration
10:05 - 10:15 CET
Alexander Go
Planning a move? Visualise, compare and find the best place for you to live.
10:15 - 10:25 CET
Guido Mazza, Matteo Carbone, Sara Baroni
Finally, a portal facilitating women’s mobility in Europe.
10:25 - 10:35 CET
Nuno Braganca
Find public funding for your SME and boost youth employment.
10:35 - 10:45 CET
10:45 - 10:50 CET
Reet Sommer
Head of Data Management, Document Production Unit, European Parliament
10:50 - 11:00 CET
Dimitra Giannaki, Konstantinos Kalafatakis, Dimitrios Lampiris, Olga Dourou
Try your hand at politics with a virtual debating tool.
11:00 - 11:10 CET
Chiara Girardelli, Raphaël Kergueno
Explore EU policies, track your interests and make your voice heard in Brussels!
11:10 - 11:20 CET
Boris Bikbov
Get a 360ᵒ view of vision impairment in the EU.
11:20 - 12:00 CET
12:00 - 12:30 CET
Per Nymand-Andersen | June Lowery
Adviser to Senior Management, European Central Bank and chairman of EU Datathon jury | Head of Unit Accessibility, Multilingualism and Safer Internet, DG CNECT, European Commission