Innovation Ecosystem and networking

Innovation Ecosystem and networking

Aragon DIH participates in the main European DIH forums and projects in our technological fields.

These are some of the most interesting initiatives in which we are involved:

Aragón DIH participates as a partner in EUHUBS4DATA project providing excellence in Big Data, awarded by the BDVA through the GOLD label for the i-Space of Aragón DIH.


EUHubs4Data will establish a European Federation of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) in Big Data, with the ambition of becoming a reference instrument for cross-border experimentation and innovation driven by the efficient use of data, as well as supporting the growth of European SMEs and new companies in a global environment.

Data-driven economy: Based on the concept of ‘European catalog, local offer’, EUHIBS4DATA will establish a sustainable ecosystem at European level built on local experience and the achievements of European initiatives and national / regional Big Data DIHs, with the triple objective of:

(1) Create a European catalog of data sources and data-driven services and solutions;

(2) Make this offer accessible at the regional level so that European SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the most valuable assets and expertise on the continent;

(3) Encourage cross-border and cross-sector data-driven experimentation, facilitated through data exchange and the interoperability of data and services.



BDVA is the private counterpart of the European Commission’s Big Data Value PPP program to implement the European Strategy on Big Data. BDVA and Big Data Value PPP pursue a common vision: to position Europe as the world leader in the creation of Big Data Value.

BDVA’s mission is to develop the innovation ecosystem that will enable data-driven and artificial intelligence-driven digital transformation in Europe, providing maximum economic and social benefit, and maintaining Europe’s leadership in creating Big Data and artificial intelligence value.

Aragón DIH (through ITAINNOVA) has been an active member of the BDVA for more than 4 years, co-leading several Task Forces and actively participating in many others. We are one of the 10 excellent European DIHs in Big Data, ratified by the i-Space GOLD label.


The DIHNET.EU project enables the coordination of European, national and regional initiatives that directly support digital transformation and Digital Innovation Hubs.

The project aims to create a sustainable pan-European network of networks, with a focus on regional DIHs.

Aragon DIH participates in DIHNET since the project launch, with a proactive involvement in community actions and in various work packages.



The European Commission initiated the establishment of a European Advanced Manufacturing Support Center to help SMEs evaluate the possibility of adopting advanced manufacturing solutions, as well as social innovation strategies, transforming their organizations into next-generation factories, with more competitive and sustainable operation.

Aragón DIH participated in the initial configuration meeting of ADMA, proposing its experience in the analysis of the maturity of Industry4.0 processes, thanks to its participation in the Spanish “Activa” program, through ITAINNOVA.



SmartAgriHubs is a 20M€ European project, bringing together a consortium of more than 164 partners in the European agri-food sector.

The project aims to digitize European agriculture by fostering an ecosystem of agricultural innovation dedicated to excellence, sustainability and success.

Aragón DIH is an active member of the project community, through the Regional Cluster Iberia, and actively participating in the work related to indicators and success stories of DIH, as well as in development and strategy tasks.



ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) is a program promoted by the European Commission to promote digital innovation in manufacturing SMEs in Europe.

As an SME or mid-cap company, you can request technology and financial support to experiment with different technologies and services to enhance the innovation capabilities of your staff and the technologies and services provided by your business units.

Aragón DIH has participated in many experiments of this program, obtaining recognition and awards for our SMEs at European level, as well as the identification as Center of Competence in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Systems (ITAINNOVA) and HPC (UNIZAR, through BIFI).



What are i-Spaces?

i-Spaces (Data Innovation Spaces) are intersectoral innovation centers that bring together data sources, technologies related to artificial intelligence, skills and all the technical and non-technical aspects necessary to allow SMEs and startups to obtain their targeted services and products related to artificial intelligence quickly tested, for their subsequent exploitation.

The expected value includes the economic, social and environmental dimensions.

I-Spaces are data incubators aimed at accelerating the adoption of data-driven innovation in business sectors such as:

  • Manufacturing 4.0,
  • Logistics and Trade,
  • Media,
  • Aerospace,
  • Automotive,
  • Energy,
  • Farming,
  • Agroindustry,
  • Pharmacy.

i-Spaces are also present in non-profit sectors, such as Government, Environment, Public Health and Smart Destinations.

i-Spaces and DIHs

Within the framework of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), i-Spaces, with their skills, infrastructure and experience, act as the basis for their activity and growth.

The BDVA (Big Data Value Association) recognizes the quality of existing i-Spaces in Europe through a system of labels (gold, silver and bronze).

DIH Aragón has the GOLD label for its i-Space, which recognizes the excellent impact of its i-Space in at least two of the following fields:

  • Infrastructure and technology
  • Services
  • Projects and applications
  • Ecosystem
  • Business strategy and sustainability.

There are only 9 DIHs in Europe with this award, the highest in terms of excellence in Big Data.

Aragón DIH is a service for the digitization of companies promoted by the Technological Institute of Aragón, the Aragonese Institute of Development and the University of Zaragoza.
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