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Big Data Test Infrastructure: Getting started

The Big Data Test Infrastructure (BDTI) is a cloud platform, based on open-source technologies, offered free of charge by the European Commission to European public administrations to experiment with data.

The infrastructure offers the opportunity to derive valuable insights from data and accelerate your transition towards data-driven decision making. 

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1. Get familiar with our services

Big Data Test Infrastructure (BDTI) offers a range of services you can explore here.  

Technical documentation and support services are provided to help you set up a pilot project for creating, testing and implementing your own innovative services based on public sector information. The infrastructure and the additional services are provided free of charge with the objective of fostering and promoting a data-driven public sector.       

2. Define your data analytics use case

If you are a European public administration, you can request a free-of-charge pilot project on the BDTI test infrastructure. 

To do so, please download this form and fill it out. 

This form will help us assess your data analytics use case and how you aim to derive value from the analysis of data. In that respect, we encourage you to complete the BDTI request form as thoroughly as possible. If you have any questions regarding the form, please contact us by email (, indicating in the subject “[BDTI] Application form”.

3. Submit your “BDTI PILOT request”

After you have defined your data analytics use case for your organisation by filling out the form, you can submit your request by email Please indicate in the subject “[BDTI] pilot request”. 

4. Elaborate your business and technical needs

After analysing your request, you will be contacted for a short meeting to further discuss your business and technical needs. 

5. Pilot project approval

After your use case has been further developed and a test environment designed, the BDTI Service Owner will give a final validation to run the pilot project based on the following criteria: 

  • The pilot requester must represent a public administration in the EU 
  • Feasibility:
    • Your use case must envisage gaining insights from your data analytics pilot project within a 6-month timeframe for which the test environment is offered free of charge  
    • The cost estimation of the pilot project is within the funding boundaries of the BDTI budget
  • The geographical distribution of the pilot projects will also be considered to ensure a fair distribution among the European Member States 

6. Test environment set-up

Now that your pilot project request has been approved, the BDTI technical team will set-up your tailored cloud-based data analytics environment so that you can start with your big data experiments.

More detailed information about the process can be found in the Test Infrastructure Service Offering Description

7. Gain insights from your data

Everything is set up and you can experiment with your data on the test cloud infrastructure provided by BDTI.


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