Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH, Cologne

Christian studied economic engineering with specialization in computer sciences in Karlsruhe and Rome. He started his professional career in 2001 with McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology office where he worked as Engagement Manager leading business and IT strategy projects for customers in multiple industries. In 2007 Christian joint Wolters Kluwer Germany as Head of Strategy&Business Development responsible for strategic planning, M&A, strategic product development/innovation and project management. Since 2010 Christian is COO of Wolters Kluwer Germany covering retrieval platforms, content management, production, editorial services, central editorial departments, customer service, facility, procurement and central sales&marketing. He is also responsible for management of large projects in restructuring and integration and in 2011 led the integration of Lexis Nexis Germany into Wolters Kluwer. Since 2013 Christian is Managing Director of Wolters Kluwer Germany. In this function he is also responsible for corporate development and M&A.

Linked Data and Open Government Data as part of the business strategy of Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH

The talk will describe the content and business strategy of Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH in the light of Linked Data technologies and Open Government Data. It will show that Linked Data perfectly suits the requirements of the emerging information industry with respect to flexibility and scalability. Insights into real world use cases and implementations in operational systems will further support this claim.

Johann Mittheisz - European Data Innovator Award Winner 2014

City of Vienna – Chief Information Officer

Johann Mittheisz, born 1948, holds a degree in technical mathematics, specialising in information processing. After graduating from the Vienna University of Technology, he held executive positions in the City of Vienna ICT department from 1972 to 1989. From 1989 he was responsible for ICT services in the newly opened Vienna General Hospital, and served as the hospital’s temporary technical director. In 1994 he was put in charge of restructuring ICT services in the Vienna Hospital Association (KAV) and became head of the KAV ICT department. From 2002 to 2013 Johann Mittheisz was in charge of strategic topics (such as e-government, e-health, etc.) in the Chief Executive Office of the Vienna City Administration. From June 2005 to December 2013 he was appointed Chief Information Officer of the City of Vienna. In this function, he coordinated the city’s ICT strategy and its effective implementation (e.g. open government). He represented the City and Province of Vienna in various bodies.

Nancy Routzouni

E-Governance Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance of Greece

Ms Routzouni has been working as a Senior Information Technology Consultant for the Hellenic Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance since February 2009. She is responsible for the analysis and management of medium and large scale government ICT projects with focus on the implementation of the Ministry's Open Government strategy. She is the Project Manager of the Transparency Programme in Greece, one of the major transparency initiatives of the Greek Government, Spokesperson for Greece at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and a member of the project management team responsible for the design of the business plan for the implementation of Law 3979/2011 for e-Government.
Before joining the Public Sector she has worked on the analysis and development of SW Banking Applications for the German Bank Bayerische Hypo-Und Vereinsbank (2004 – 2009), and previously as the e-Solutions Manager for the Greek SW House Athens Technology Center S.A. (ATC) (1999-2004) dealing with the planning, coordination, control and budgeting of the projects that fall to e-commerce, e-banking and e-learning activities. She has been involved in the management, scheduling and supervision of SW implementation teams, in IT Project Management, Consultancy and Presales, in Account Management for selected customers and in Quality Control.
Ms Routzouni holds an MSc in Information Systems Engineering and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Lecturer at National Center of Public Administration in the fields: e-Government, Project Management, Open Government/Transparency and Business Process Reengineering.

The Data Economy: an opportunity for Greece

The Greek Government recognizes the value of opening up public sector data for the development of entrepreneurship, transparency, and the provision of value added services to citizens and businesses.The talk will discuss the current achievements and the open data strategy to further enable access to public sector data and produce perceptible, positive effects on people’s lives, spur innovation and stimulate financial growth.

Deputy Director General at European Commission, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Roberto Viola holds a doctor degree in electronic engineering (Dr. Eng.) and a master in business administration (MBA). He is Deputy Director General at European Commission - DG CNECT, with responsibilities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services Directorate, Cooperation Directorate - International and Inter-institutional relations, Stakeholders cooperation, Coordination Directorate - Growth and Jobs, Innovations and Knowledge Base, Media and Data Directorate. Since 2005 to 2012 he has been the Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM (Italian media and telecom regulator). He has been Chairman for 2012-2013 of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG), he was Deputy Chairman for 2011 and Chairman for 2010. He was in the Board of BEREC (Body of European Telecom Regulators). He was Chairman for 2007 of the European Regulatory Group (ERG). He served in AGCOM (1999-2004), as Director of regulation department and technical Director being in charge of, inter alia, regulation in terrestrial, cable and satellite television, frequency planning, access and interconnection of communication services, cost accounting and tariff in telecommunication and broadcasting services. From 1985-1999 he served in various position as a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in particular, he has been head of telecommunication and broadcasting satellite services. He is Professor of Business models for ICT at the Computer Engineering Faculty – University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He pioneered novel communication systems (UMTS, satellite radio, digital broadcasting) publishing more than 100 scientific papers and holding key patents in the sector.

Institute Director, Fraunhofer IAIS & Univ. Bonn

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, M.S., is director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) and Professor of Computer Science at University of Bonn. He studied Computer Science in Bonn and Atlanta, GA, USA (M.S. degree, Georgia Institute of Technology), receiving his doctorate from University of Dortmund. After positions in Berlin and Sankt Augustin, he became Professor of Computer Science at University of Magdeburg, then moving to his current position into 2002. Professor Wrobel has published extensively on subjects in the area of Data Mining and Machine Learning and is on the Editorial Board of several journals in the field. Prof. Wrobel is chairman of the Fraunhofer Alliance Big Data, member of the board of BITKOM working group Big Data and speaker of the German Computer Society’s special interest group on Knowledge Discovery and Machine Learning. His research interests focus on intelligent algorithms and systems for the analysis of large data volumes and the impact of big data/smart data on companies and society. 

The Value of Big Data - From Data-Driven Enterprises to a Data-driven Economy

The phenomenon of Big Data has captured the imagination of businesses, public bodies and society as a whole. Technical advances in computer science seem to have made it possible to not only generate, transport and store, but also to analyze extremely large volumes of data in order to arrive at useful information, and corresponding gains in efficiency and competitiveness are expected to be a crucial factor for the future of our economies. Based on recent studies, the talk tries to assess just where we are along the road of actually realizing these benefits of big data. What is the actual uptake of Big Data in companies, and where can we expect the major obstacles? We formulate a number of key requirements for the future development of big data, both in terms of the research challenges that need to be met, as well as in terms of the bigger picture, looking at enablers that could lead to a data-driven economy.

​Giuseppe Abbamonte

Director, Directorate G Media & data, DG CONNECT

​Giuseppe Abbamonte is an Italian qualified lawyer. He has been working as a Commission official since June 1992. Before joining the Commission he was an associate in the law firm Allen & Overy in Milan for four years (1989/1992).
In the Commission he has worked in five Directorate Generals, dealing first with complex state aid and merger cases, then with EU consumer protection regulation where he oversaw the revision of the regulatory framework to bring it up to date with market developments, particularly on-line. He then led the EU cybersecurity strategy development and since January 1, 2014, he has been Director of the Media & Data directorate in charge of EU policy and research on content and data (including open and big data).