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BIG Final Event Workshop

Programme of the BIG Final Event Workshop co­located with ISC Big Data in Heidelberg 

 

The Big Project

Welcome and Introduction Nuria De Lama (ATOS Spain)  

 

Key Technology Trends for Big Data in Europe 

Edward Curry (Research Fellow at Insight @ NUI Galway) 

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The Big Data Public Private Partnership 

Nuria De Lama (ATOS Spain)

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Panel discussion about a common Big Data Stakeholder Platform 

Martin Strohbach (AGT International)  

● The PPP Stakeholder Platform

(Nuria De Lama

● Hardware and Network for Big Data

(Ernestina Menasalvas, RETHINK BIG EU Project) 

● Tackling BIG DATA Externalities

(Kush Wadhwa, Trilateral Research BYTE EU Project) 

● The value of the Stakeholder platform

(Sebnem Rusitschka, Siemens, BIG and BYTE Project) 

 

Networking and Break-out Sessions

 

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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
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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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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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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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Data Curation Insights - Interview with James Cheney

The second 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 James Cheney, a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the laboratory for foundation of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh.
After a few words about James career and his background at the University of Edinburgh, the interview gives some insights into James work and the role of big data (curation) for his institution.
James specifically talks about curation projects he and his colleagues interacted with, mainly in biomedical data and elborates on the uses and value of the curated data in those projects.
Edward Curry wanted to know about the processes and technologies which were involved in  James' data curation projects. The design of those processes and the performance of the technologies were of special interest to him.
 
During the Interview, James not only talks about the influence big data has on data curation but also explains the technical demand of curation and curation technologies in the big data context..
The last part of the interview is dedicated to James’ view on the influence of big data in future data curation and which data curation technologies will actually be able to cope with big data in the future.
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The BIG project at Big Data World Congress, Munich, 3-4 December 2013

The BIG project had a strong presence at BIG Data World Congress in Munich in early December. There was a strategically-positioned stand  in the exhibition hall. We met a number of delegates from many industrial sectors and countries, especially in the “speed dating” session where we perfected the BIG project’s elevator pitch in the quick-fire conversations! Project flyers and stickers were available in many places for people who wanted to learn about the project after the conference. The two day event was closed by a presentation from the BIG project’s director Josema Cavanillas, introducing the aims of the project and the outputs of our research.
 
The event featured case studies and panels on every aspect of Big Data technologies including governance, unstructured data, real-time analytics and much more. Attendees came from a wide range of organisations, including some big players in sectors such as manufacturing and telecoms. One exciting potential avenue of collaboration may be for BIG to work with the USA’s NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) as they are also developing cross-sector consensus requirements and roadmaps for Big Data.
 
Many speakers talked about how adopting Big Data could revolutionise the ways businesses operate, driving efficiency and faster product development. It is recognised by most if not all senior level executives as one of the key IT trends of the next few years - but this comes with the caveat that Big Data initiatives need to be aligned to clear outcomes and business processes in order to have a chance of success. The structure of organisations may need to be adapted to enable technical and business expertise to work together more closely to enable value to be derived from data. Even then, the pace of industry change may be such that organisations will look to form partnerships with start-ups and universities so as to drive innovation. The BIG project’s Public Private Forum could be a key enabler for these communities.
Europe-specific issues were highlighted in several talks. There was criticism of the apparent risk aversion of technology companies and their customers and the lack of a widespread start-up culture (apart from a few isolated exemplars). There are differences between Europe and the US in terms of data protection, the EU’s tougher legislation possibly being a barrier to innovation for some firms (on the other hand, the US’s relatively lax laws may have implications for privacy and the ethics of extensive data collection by businesses).
 

Data Curation Insights - Interview with Paul Groth

The first 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, arranged an interview with Paul Groth, Associate Professor in the Web Media Group at the VU University Amsterdam, about big data and data curation.
The interview sheds light on topics revolving around the role of big data in the context of data curation. Pauls Groth reports on his research at the VU Amsterdam, about the type of data that is curated , the size of data sets, the processes and technologies that are used for data curation and the number of users that are involved in the curation processes.
He describes not only  his viewpoint on the influence big data will have in future data curation but also on the technical demand of curation and curation technologies in the big data context.. Within respect to big data and data curation Edward Curry also wanted to know Paul's oponion about about which technologies will cope with big data 
The full interview is available on our website:
 
Interested in data curation news? Follow  Edward Curry @EdwardACurry, Paul Groth @pgroth or our BIG-project @BIG_FP7 on Twitter.
 
 

Interview with Andreas Ribbrock Team Lead Big Data Analytics and Senior Architect at Teradata GmbH

Big Data Analysis Interview with Andreas Ribbrock, Team Lead Big Data Analytics and Senior Architect at Teradata GmbH, is online now:

In his interview Andreas talked about three classes of technologies required for Big Data: storage (advocating distributed file systems as a competitive way to handle these); query frameworks which can translate from user queries to a set of different query engines (calling it a 'discovery platform'); and a platform which can handle the delivery of the right results to the right personnel in the right time frame.

Andreas also stressed that integration is key as Big Data can not be solved by any single technology but requires a suite of technologies to be tightly integrated. In general, any architecture/framework for Big Data must be open and adaptable as new technologies/components are plugged in. Fabric computing where components are virtualized and allow data flow at high speeds was a possible approach to solve this.

In terms of impact two key drivers are the ability for Big Data to allow companies to personalise their communication with clients and also how user communication channels will change. On the one hand, one can integrate channels for energy consumption, phone use, banking. On the other, users may prefer their own channels (which produce a lot of data) and impose these on enterprises in specific markets. e.g. traditional banks may soon become obsolete as their functionality is taken by PayPal (a TeraData customer), Amazon and Google.

He ended the interview with the phrase: Big Data is Big Fun!

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