|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2016) 178|
Communication published by the European Commission in April 2016, setting out the European Cloud Initiative - a model for cloud-based services and data infrastructure.
The world has witnessed a dramatic increase in the amount and variety of data being produced. This 'Big Data' phenomenon creates new possibilities to share knowledge, to carry out research and to develop and implement public policies. It has also become easier to exploit this data thanks to the Cloud. This can be understood as the combination of three independent elements:
The European Cloud Initiative was designed to support science, industry and public authorities across the European Union in accessing data infrastructures and cloud-based services as they become the decisive factors for success in the digital economy. It builds on the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, which aims, inter alia, to maximise the growth potential of the European digital economy. The European Cloud Initiative builds on the achievements of the European Cloud Strategy and the High Performance Computing (HPC) Strategy. It takes forward the policy developed in the Communication on Big Data and supports the European Open Science policy agenda.
This Communication marks the beginning of the process of setting up the European Cloud Initiative. It was adopted alongside a number of other measures aiming to reinforce the industrial and innovation pillar of the Digitial Single Market (DSM) strategy.
The European Parliament discussed and adopted in February 2017 an Own-Initiative Report as a follow-up to the launch of the European Cloud Initiative.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Culture, Education and Research|
|Subject Tags||Digital Economy, Digital Single Market [DSM], Digital Technology|
|Keywords||Data Hosting | Storage, Research and Innovation
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|