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D2.3.2 Pre-Final Version of Sector Requisites Available

Update: Final version available now.
 
The pre-final version of the sector requisites, deliverable 2.3.2, is available now. Its findings on user needs and requirements represent the starting point for the development of the big data roadmap for the European sectors. For this purpose the ongoing consultations with the technical working groups on the big data value chain will be continuously cross-checked with sector representatives and against current and future developments of the big data trend.
The following sectors are analyzed:
Several developments in the healthcare sector, such as escalating healthcare cost, increased need for healthcare coverage and shifts in provider reimbursement trends, trigger the demand for big data technology.
The public sector is facing some important challenges today, the lack of productivity compared to other sectors, current budgetary constraints, and other structural problems due to the aging population that will lead an increasing demand for medical and social services, and a foreseen lack of a young workforce in the future.
The energy and transportation sectors, from an infrastructure perspective as well as from resource efficiency and quality of life perspectives, are very important for Europe. The high quality of the physical infrastructure and global competitiveness of the stakeholders also needs to be maintained with respect to the digital transformation and big data potentials.
The telecom sector seems to be convinced of the potential of Big Data Technologies. The combination of benefits within marketing and offer management, customer relationship, service deployment and operations can be summarised as the achievement of the operational excellence for telco players.
The media and entertainment industries have frequently been at the forefront of adopting new technologies. The key business problems that are driving media companies to look at Big Data capabilities are the need to reduce costs of operating in an increasingly competitive landscape, and at the same time, the need to increase revenue from delivering content.
The retail sector will be dependent on the collection of in-store data, product data and customer data. To be successful in future, retailers must have the ability to extract the right information out of huge data collections acquired in instrumented retail environments in real-time.
The core requirements in the manufacturing sector are the customisation of products and production—“lot size one”—the integration of production in the larger product value chain, and the development of smart products.

Data Curation Insights: Interview with Joe Sewash, Services Program Manager at the CGIA

The fifth interview of the Data Curation Insights-series is now available on our website.

Edward Curry, BIG-member and member of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), arranged an interview with Joe Sewash, Services Program Manager at the CGIA. He has over fifteen years of experience in the geospatial field working with public sector clients. Joe contributed to the development of the GIS Certification Institute and has participated in the development of the ISO metadata standard. In the interview, Joe talks about his background as a classically trained geographer, tools from the GIS field and about crowd sourced data in America. He also relates the US demographics shift to a shift in GIS management perspectives and its consequences. Finally, he talks about the acknowledgement of data as an infrastructure consideration as opposed to commonly held perspective of data as a commodity.

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Data Curation Insights: Interview with Kevin Ashley, Director of the Digital Curation Centre

The sixth interview of the Data Curation Insights-series is now available on our website.

Edward Curry, BIG-member and member of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), arranged an interview with Kevin Ashley, director of the Digital Curation
Centre.
Previously, as Head of Digital Archives at the University of London Computer Centre (1997–2010), he was responsible for a multi-disciplinary group that provided services related to the preservation and reusability of digital resources on behalf of other organisations, During the interview, Kevin talks about his background in medical research, large scale computing and data storage services and reasons, how the real advances in research are multidisciplinary.

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JTC1 report on BIG input

The ISO/IEC JTC1 SGBD has finished their 2nd meeting report that features a summary of the BIG presentation in Amsterdam (see above).

The SGBD Comments: (read the full report) "The presentation is valuable for future potential SGBD Big Data standard development and reference; SGBD would accept it as input to the 2nd SGBD meeting with an "N" number assigned to it. Furthermore, SGBD agreed to further request text input into specific areas of the Draft Report to JTC 1 V2.0 from presenters as contributions to the 3rd meeting."

D2.2.2 Final Version of Technical White Paper available

The final version of the technical whitepaper of deliverable 2.2.2 is available now. It details the results from the Data Value Chain Technical Working groups describing the state of the art in each part of the chain together with emerging technological trends for exploiting Big Data. It is an amalgamation of the results of the challenges in regards to big data in different sectors and working groups. The Data Value Chain identifies activities in Data Acquisition, Data Analysis, Data Curation, Data Storage and Data Usage.
A member of the BIG Health forum comments: "We interviewed experts in the biomedical domain to ask for their opinion about the current situation in data acquisition and data quality. We identified challenges that need to be addressed for establishing the basis for BIG health data applications. Additionally, the current data quality challenges were diagnosed and are reported in the deliverable."

Data Curation Insights: Interview with Helen Lippell, metadata manager at the Press Association

The fourth interview of the Data Curation Insights-series is now available on our website.

Edward Curry, BIG-member and member of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), arranged an interview with Helen Lippell, metadata manager at the Press Association (PA)—one of the partner organizations of BIG project. As a metadata manager, her work includes introducing metadata descriptiors into their core content and thereby applying more semantic information to content in order to package it more flexibly. She is an industry professional and has been working in it for 15 years. She started working in media and financial publishing organizations including The Financial Times, BBC.

During the Interview, Helen not only talks about the changes to the industry due to the sheer increase in data volume but also explains, how data curation is being processed in her organization and how many different types of newsworthy data is curated as the PA is extremely diverse.

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BIG presented at 2nd Meeting of ISO/IEC Big Data Study Group

Martin Strohbach, BIG member and Senior Researcher at AGT International, participated at the 2nd meeting of the ISO/IEC JTC1 Study Group on Big Data in Amsterdam, 13-15 May 2014. He presented the BIG project and its methodology for creating a Big Data roadmap. Martin dived into three specific use cases that have been examined during the project and that illustrate the need for data sharing and the establishment of best practices that help data engineers to develop Big Data systems in a principled and methodological way. The presentation is available online.

The workshop brought together an interesting mix of people from industry and academia that shared their Big Data use cases and technical insights. On the first day members of the NIST Big Data Public Working Group reported about the work that has been done on definitions, taxonomies, use cases analysis, work on the reference architecture as well as a technology roadmap. The second day included a range of interesting Big Data use cases including dike stability (TNO) or new ways of publishing scientific research (Elsevier). Other talks addressed educational programmes for data scientists (University of Amsterdam), suggested "data agnostic architectures" as best practices when building Big Data systems (Data Tactics) or talked about the benefits of using cloud services (Technical University of Delft).

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Data Curation Insights: Interview with Helen Berman, director of RCSB Protein Data Bank

The third interview of the Data Curation Insights-series is now available on our website.

Edward Curry, BIG-member and member of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), arranged an interview with Professor Helen M. Berman, director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank—one of the member organizations of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank and a Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University. A structural biologist, her work includes structural analysis of protein-nucleic acid complexes, and the role of water in molecular interactions. She is also the founder and director of the Nucleic Acid Database, and leads the Protein Structure Initiative Structural Genomics Knowledge Base.

The interview gives insights into Helen's background at the Protein Data Bank, where she has been involved for more than 40 years and where a high value has always been placed on the value of big data with extensive meta data curation, even though this view was not shared at the time.

During the Interview, Helen not only talks about the value of meta data for big data but also explains the development which lead to the current situation, how they treat data curation currently and how they see it in the future.
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We look forward to welcoming you to the NESSI summit 2014!

It is our pleasure to announce that the NESSI summit 2014 will take place on 27 May in Brussels at the Sofitel Hotel at Place Jourdan. This will be the perfect occasion for key stakeholders from the software, services and data domains to come together and discuss the latest developments and future research opportunities under Horizon 2020. 
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This year, the NESSI summit will focus on two major topics that NESSI finds highly relevant:

Big Data Value for Europe. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on Big Data Value that NESSI is currently preparing together with the FP7 Project Big and other stakeholders from academia, research and various sectors, is now open for consultation at www.bigdatavalue.eu. The main findings from the consultation together with the final SRIA draft will be presented at the NESSI summit as well as further details on a cPPP (contractual Public Private Partnership) on Big Data Value currently being under consideration at EU-level.

Software Services and Software Engineering. Advancing the position of the European software Industry is a main priority for NESSI. In that context NESSI is currently drafting a white paper on research for Software and Software Engineering and will take the opportunity to discuss the content and main messages at the summit.

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