Improving the return on R&D investments

Catalunya Open Data Hub

Value Proposal:

The Catalonia Open Data HUB supports the explotation of Open Data and fosters linkages between clusters, SMEs and start-ups in order to increase their innovation and internationalization capacities.


Creating a platform for the entities that are interested to support Data Economy through training, research, development, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives in order to foster the economic growth of Spain.


  • To provide services for entrepreneurial initiatives based on:
    • Use of Open Data.
    • Use of Linked Open Data.
  • Strengthen the local economy.

Hub Characteristics:

Potential partners:

  • Universities, research and technological institutions.
  • Start-ups and SMEs.
  • Large companies.
  • Chamber of Commerce.
  • Regional Government.

Potential needs:

  • Need for training seminars in the use of Open Data in order to increase the awareness, and créate innovative products and new business models.


  • Strengthen synergies among different local actors and foster cooperation among various stakeholders (Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Barcelona City Council and Catalonia Government).
  • Train potential users on how to Access and use Open Data services provided through ODEON and Tourism of Barcelona.
  • Promote creativity and entrepreneurial spirit among youth.
  • Increase awareness of SMEs, entrepreneurs, and citizen about the benefits of OD/LOD.
  • Stimulate generation of new business ideas based on the available open data and maximize OD/LOD’s socio-economic benefits


  • Facilitation and collaboration between members.
  • Promotion of activities (marketing/visibility).
  • Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects concerning Open Data use).
  • Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external).
  • Provision and facilitation of access to training for members of the Data Hub.