The EBU Big Data Initiative Group defines the Big Data Initiative strategy and priorities in order to support EBU Members' data usage and data-driven strategies. It brings together EBU Member delegates and EBU permanent services delegates, which are directly involved in carrying out strategic, managerial analytical, technological, legal, content-related or other types of activities related to data usage for their respective organisations.

The Big Data Initiative is a corporate, cross sector and industrial initiative of the EBU. It was launched in July 2015 to help Members leverage data’s potential and remain relevant on a fast evolving competitive market.

The main purposes of the EBU Big Data Initiative Group are to:

  • Identify EBU and Members’ needs and objectives to feed in Members’ data usage and data-driven strategies;
  • Foster a comprehensive understanding across the EBU and within Member organisations with regard to data-related issues of relevance of the sector;
  • Strengthen synergies among Members wherever appropriate;
  • Develop and decide on the BDI action plan and workflows according to the above-mentioned needs and objectives;
  • Propose priorities for the BDI in accordance with the general objectives of the EBU
  • Coordinate and monitor the BDI activities as set in the action plan;
  • Provide a forum to facilitate exchange of information and expertise among all participants;
  • Set up and run a community network involving external academic and experts;
  • Keep links and cooperation as appropriate with relevant institutional and civil society fora.

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BDI Steering Group Members


Pierre-Nicolas Schwab, RTBF (Belgium)


Takahiro Takeuchi (BDI coordinator)

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