Tilburg Law and Economics Center

Data Sharing & Management of Critical Infrastructures: opportunities and challenges

Date: Time: 12:40 Location: De Werkplaats , LocHal Tilburg

12:40-18:00, De Werkplaats , Lochal Tilburg

Digital data have become an essential resource for businesses, governments and citizens, to the point that they are considered “the new oil”. Data are also playing a key role in network sectors, such as utilities and transport, as crucial input to develop smarter ways of monitoring and operating critical infrastructures.

Infrastructure managers see significant opportunities in sharing data with different stakeholders, including other infrastructure managers, public authorities, current and potential contractors and other market parties such as network users. Data sharing can stimulate innovation, improve processes such as monitoring and maintaining infrastructures and increase transparency in respect of the performance of infrastructure managers, among others. At the same time, data sharing brings along a number of questions and challenges. What do the concepts of ‘data sharing’ and ‘open data’ mean and what do they imply for the network sectors? Which type of data can be shared by infrastructure managers? With whom and for which purposes? What happens if the shared data are used for unintended purposes? But also: How to ensure that data can be effectively shared? And how to stimulate data-sharing practices?

This Seminar brings together network managers, network users, practitioners and researchers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of data sharing in the context of infrastructure management. Particular attention will be given to two network sectors: electricity and drinking water. In the electricity sector, access to data and data sharing play a crucial role, particularly in the context of the energy transition, ensuring that renewable energy can be efficiently integrated in the networks. Furthermore, energy users and energy companies need to have access to certain data to stimulate the development of new markets, such as the market for flexibility services and the energy service markets. The drinking water sector is also experiencing a growing digitalization that will allow for monitoring the functioning of the water system from source to tap in the near future. Data generated by smart water technologies such as pressure sensors and smart water meters are crucial input to pinpoint failures along the drinking water system and improve the forecast of water demand, among others.


Invitation (PDF)


No conference fee applies.


Registration is closed (for more information contact Tilec@tilburguniversity.edu)


Research Project LONGA VIA funded by the “Responsive Innovations” Program of NWO and NGInfra.

For questions about the seminar, please contact Brenda Espinosa at b.p.espinosaapraez@tilburguniversity.edu

Preliminary program (might be subject to small changes)

12:40 – 13:00

Doors open – Registration

13:00 – 13:15

Welcome speech: Prof. Dr. Geert Vervaeke

Introduction: Prof. Dr. Saskia Lavrijssen


Session 1 – Data sharing & Infrastructure Management: insights from the LONGA VIA Project

13:15 – 13:45

Presentation 1: Dr. Wendy van der Valk & Tom Aben – “Fostering data sharing in buyer-supplier relationships”.

13:45 – 14:15

Presentation 2: Brenda Espinosa –“Legal and policy aspects of data sharing in the context of infrastructure management”.

14:15 – 14:45

Coffee break

Session 2 - Data sharing in the electricity and water sectors

14:45 – 15:15 Presentation 3: Ruud Berndsen (Alliander) – “The digital network operator: ways to facilitate the energy transition”.
15:15 – 15:45 Presentation 4:  Chiel Bakker (VEMW)– “Accurate, accessible, and authentic data. Key ingredients for a successful energy transition.”
15:45 – 16:15 Presentation 5: Rian Kloosterman (Vitens) -  Data sharing in the drinking water sector.
16:15 – 16:50

Discussion Panel – Moderator: Prof. Dr. Saskia Lavrijssen

  • Dr. Inge Graef
  • Dr. Fredo Schotanus
  • Robert van der Linden (MA)
16:50 – 17:00 Closing remarks
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks
Description of presentations and Speakers' Bio