PIMS: an alternative to get benefits from personal data in the EU space

Welcome to a new edition of the PIMCity newsletter in which we find a presentation of the PIMCity project, a description of the models of exploitation of personal data including the PIMS model, the value of personal data in a PIMS context and finally we address the EU Strategy as a single data space.

Remind you that we have organized a session to discuss these issues at the Internet Governance Forum in Spain (October 23 at 11:00 CEST) to which we will give continuity in the forum MyData2020 in December

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PIMCity project presentation

PIMCity will design, build, validate and demonstrate a system of easy-to-use components to make up a PIMS – Personal Information Management Systems – development kit at the service of final users and internet commercial or advertising services.

The web economy has been revolutionized by unprecedented possibility of collecting massive amounts of personal data to be used for commercial purpose. This change has deep consequences for users, who, deprived of any negotiation power, are compelled to blindly provide their data for free access to online services. Continue reading

PIMCity team

Models for personal data protection

This article explores the characteristics of the main models of data exploitation: the APIS model that arises through the different organizations and companies that provide services and that take advantage of the data they have of their users, the Aggregation model of the platforms based on offering free services of high added value for the users in exchange for collecting and exploiting the data obtained for the development of businesses based on the personalization and finally the PIMS model centered in the user that allows that he is the one who has the control of his personal data. Continue reading

Miguel Pérez Subías
AUI President

Economic data value in a PIMS context

Ralph stepped out of the elevator and headed to his apartment. He pushed a broken light bulb notification using his O&M app before the door closed after him. A tiring day indeed, but fortunately he managed to boost his Data Impact Score thanks to the last report and data he delivered last week. For sure he had secured a meaty bonus this month, and this time the result was truly remarkable. “Consent to share info to get a dinner recommendation?”, the message popped up in his cellphone. He clicked “Yes” and asked also for a personalized film suggestion. However, he was cautious to avoid sharing any information to news dealers: he hated skewed news and usually preferred a more generic feed. Continue reading

Santiago Andrés Azcoitia
PhD Student IMDEA Networks

A European Strategy for Data

The European Commission laid down a strategic pathway to leverage data in the best possible way for the sake of the European citizens and the Digital Single Market. The Data Strategy and the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence are the first pillars of the new digital strategy of the Commission. Continue reading


PIMS projects


SOLID project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy. Solid (derived from "social linked data") is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles. Solid is modular and extensible and it relies as much as possible on existing W3C standards and protocols.


EUHubs4Data project aims to become the European reference for data driven innovation and experimentation, fostering collaboration between data driven initiatives in Europe, federating solutions in a global common catalogue of data services, and sharing data in a cross-border and cross-sector basis. Serving as reference to the establishment of the Common European Data Spaces, the project federation is initially composed of 12 DIHs, covering 10 countries and 12 different regions, and plans to increase the geographical coverage by incorporating other relevant initiatives in the upcoming months.


CLARUS is all about improving trust in cloud computing and securely unlocking sensitive data to enable new and better cloud services. CLARUS is developing a secure framework for storing and processing data outsourced to the cloud so end-users can monitor, audit and control their stored data while gaining the cost-saving benefits and capacity that cloud services bring.


It is a fully decentralised, intermediary-free and open-source solution for addressing three key challenges: which social media user is the original source of a piece of information; how this information has spread and been modified in an information cascade; and how likely it is to be trustworthy. EUNOMIA provides tools that assist social media users in adopting information hygiene routines and deciding whether information they come across online is trustworthy or not.



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October 23 - 11:00 to 12:00 CEST: Session VII "Generating profit from personal data in the EU"
The aim of this session is to debate about these topics: EU strategy, alternative models to user-centric data exploitation and the value that these data can generate for all actors in the new data ecosystem.