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eHealth Interview with Marco Viceconti

Sonja Zillner (Siemens) and John Domingue (STI) conducted an Interview with Marco Viceconti- a ‘Sector Visionary’ within the eHealth sector. Marco’s main work over the last few years has been leading the VPH Institute (Virtual Physiological Human) which has been the large initiative within the eHealth unit as well. The overall goal of this work has been on combining data and computational models from across Europe to instantiate a complete in silico model of the human biological system from the whole body level down to the cell level.

During the interview, the most interesting concepts were:  

  • a k-anonymity membrane - where on one side we have specific patient data which must be controlled and on the other anonymised versions which can be used for research. Sometimes one needs to pass data back to a specific patient because of analysis carried out in research. Having a two way membrane would be useful.
  • a eHealth data value chain - at the moment health data which is passed around is 100% observational (e.g. blood pressure or heart rate) being able to smoothly combine this with data resulting from computational models would be of great benefit.

You can watch the whole interview via the standard interface, as a small version or  with a large video window with the ability to jump to specific segments. 

The interview is also available as an audio-only mp3 file

For further information about our project or information about big data and the Health sector, please visit our website.

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.

BIG will be at the ICT 2013 in Vilnius

This week (6th-8th November) sees the ICT 2013 event in Vilnius. Over 4,000 people, including researchers, politicians and industrial representatives will attend to discuss the issues and vision for the future of ICT research in Europe. The conference is a key part of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda.
The market for Big Data technologies is projected to grow enormously over the next few years, and for that reason there is a dedicated programme of Big Data networking sessions at ICT 2013. There are six sessions to cover topics such as the impact of Big Data on the economy, the healthcare sector and Open Data.
The BIG project will be co-hosting a session with NESSI (the Networked European Software and Services Initiative) called “Data Value Research and Innovation in Horizon2020: Getting Europe to the forefront”. We will be discussing how to achieve a Data Value PPP (Public-Private Partnership) and presenting the results of strategic research done by the BIG project.
The speakers, who are representing both the BIG and NESSI projects, are: Stephan Fischer (SAP), Nuria de Lama (ATOS), Catherine Simon (Thales) and Michael May (Siemens). The session will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about the roadmap for Big Data to drive growth in Europe, with a strong focus on industrial participation.
The session is on Thursday 7th November and runs from 14.50 to 15.35, in room H1C. If you’re at ICT 2013 come and say hello!
More information on the event  and the joint BIG & NESSI session are available on the website.
Blog post written by Helen Lippell (Press Association)

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!

Big Data Webinar: Data Acquisition, 21th November, 16:00 CET

Recording of the session see here.
We are pleased to announce the start of the Big Data Webinar series and invite you to actively participate and help shape Europe's Big Data Agenda.
The Big Data Webinars aims to spur discussions around the findings of the technical working groups and sectorial forums of the Big Data Public Private Forum project: The technical white papers, sector’s requisites as well as the sectorial and cross-sectorial roadmaps.
We actively seek contributions and feedback from all stakeholders in their respective technical areas of the Big data value chain and their respective industrial sectors to help draft roadmaps for the European Big Data Community to align supply and demand, as a way of increasing competitiveness of European industries.
The series will start on November 21st at 16:00 CET with the discussion of the technical white paper of the working group of Data Acquisition. The session will be lead by Axel Ngonga, Data Scientist at University of Leipzig and leader of the technical working group on Data Acquisition. Current schedule of the series.
What to expect
The leader of the technical working group will give a short (max 15min) presentation on the main findings of the Data Acquisition working group. This presentation will be followed by an open and interactive discussion of all participants. We encourage you to participate as we seek your feedback to further develop the first draft white papers. Your contribution will directly influence Europe’s Big Data roadmaps.
Who should join
The Webinar is open to the public free of charge. It is tailored for professionals and technologists working in the area of Big Data, who are interested to learn more about and share their expertise on Data Acquisition.
How to join
The Big Data Webinars will be held using Google Hangouts on Air. Please join the Webinar by following this link:
Please make sure you have joined the Webinar 10 minutes before 16:00 CET on November 7th. We have published the section on Data Acquisition of the Technical Whitepaper for online comments and annotations here.
You can attend the Big Data Webinars series twice a month. See our updated schedule and stay tuned. All Webinars and will be recorded and published with slides and summary of the discussions afterwards for those of you who could not make it.


BIG at LSWT2013 - From Big Data to Smart Data - A Summary

The 5th Leipziger Semantic Web Tag (LSWT2013) was organized as a meeting point for german as well as international Linked Data experts.
Under the motto: From Big Data to Smart Data sophisticated methods that enable handling large amounts of data have been presented on September 23th in Leipzig.
The keynote was held by Hans Uszkoreit, scientific director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). By being introduced  to Text Analytics and Big Data issues the participants of the LSWT 2013 discussed the intelligent usage of huge amounts of data in the web.
Presentations on industrial and scientific solutions showed working solutions to big data concerns. Companies like Empolis, Brox and Ontos presented Linked Data and Semantic Web solutions capable of handling terabytes of data. However, also traditional approaches, like Datameer’s Data Analytics Solution based on Hadoop pointed out that big data could be handled nowadays without bigger problems.
Furthermore, problems detecting topics in massive data streams (Topic/S), document collections (WisARD) or corpora at information service providers (Wolters Kluwer) were tackled. Even the ethical issue of robots replacing journalists by the help of semantic data has been examined by Alexander Siebert from Retresco.
In conclusion, the analysis of textual information in large amounts of data is an interesting and so far not yet fully solved area of work. Further Information are available from the website.
 Further information on topics related to data analysis, data curation, data storage, data acquisition and data usage can be found in our technical whitepaper available from our project website.

BIG @ BITKOM Healthcare Analytics Conference

90% of all existing data in the world was generated within the last 2 years.  Within the following years, one of the major topics within the IT industry will be the efficient use, analysis and exploitation of data especially within the healthcare sector which has many data sources, too. The BITKOM service community organizes events to address these issues. 

BIG member Sonja Zillner from Siemens attended the BITKOM healthcare analytics conference on September 19th, 2013 to join the discussion about data analytics, data security and privacy with respect to big data in the health care sector. During the conference it was demonstrated how established big data technologies can be applied within the healthcare sector. Leading companies such as IBM, Oracle, Charité, T-systems, Accenture and Unabhängiges Datenschutzzentrum Schleswig-Holstein were present to discuss these topics. Presentations and the discussion afterwards showed that a strong effort is needed for making health data  available. Sonja Zillner pointed out that first big data applications in the healthcare sector can be identified,however are mainly operating in structured data. Thus, until now  the potential of unstructured data in big data application in the healthcare sector is not fully exploited yet.

The BITKOM community will organize further events to discuss analytic tools and to address the challenges and changes that arise for clinics and health insurance companies when making use of healthcare analytics. Further events will follow soon. For information visit BITKOM’s website

To get further information about big data and the healthcare sector have a look at our deliverables  or join us on our website. You are welcome to visit our BIG LinkedIn group to join the discussion around big data and healthcare.


BIG Partner AGT International and Crowd Control Management

The Urban Shield Safe City solution of AGT International, a partner in the BIG project, has been featured  on Big Data Startups as part of a crowd control management solution in the city of Enschede.

The system has been deployed during the Dutch radio station 3FM event, an annual benefit project that collects money for charity. According to Big Data Startups, over 6 days around 500,000 visitors came to the centre of Enschede. The objective was to support the police and other first responders with safety and security solutions during the event and to showcase the city’s leading and innovative approach towards meeting these requirements.

The image above shows the Urban Shield system that “provides a real-time situational awareness overview of a complete area within a city. This system is based on a Geographical Information System and uses GPS to show the real-time location of all first responders in an area. All police officers, fire department, city security and private security guards who are part of the system are shown on a map. Based upon a situation that is noticed via the cameras on the street or via Twitcident the closest first responder can be alerted and he or she can take immediate action” AGT Press Release.

Further information are available at: AGT International and Big Data Startups




Save The Date - Big Data Days in Berlin - November 11th/12th, 2013

Berlin is hosting the BIG DATA DAYS in November , 2013.
Under the motto "Big Data goes Smart Data"  workshops and discussion sessions will be held on the 11th of November, offering the basis for the "Smart Data - congress - workshop - laboratory"-event  at the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology on the following day. During the second day dedicated to big data, a particular focus will be given  to dig data technologies, business models,  fields of appplication and the expoloitation of big data.
Further information about the event are available at:http://www.big-data-days.de/ .
Information on BIG-project's involvement will be published soon. 
Join us  if you like to receive regular information on big data or like to discuss big data related topics.
Join Us Here:  http://big-project.eu/content/join


Transfer Meeting on "Big Data and Data Integration" organized in Leipzig

Prof. Klaus-Peter Fähnrich, head of the chair of Business Information Systems at the University of Leipzig and managing director of InfAI e.V promoted BIG-project at the Transfer Meeting on “Big Data and Data Integration" on the 4th of July in Leipzig. 

On the basis of a short presentation about our BIG project, Prof. Fähnrich shed light on the effort that has been made under his supervision towards big data in Germany and Europe.

He focused particularly on economy sectors, such as logistics and transport, Information Technology and the energy-and environment sector, which highly benefit from the work done in the area of big data. Additionally, he demonstrated fields of application that are worked on at the department of Computer Science at the University of Leipzig.

Further big data related topics discussed during the event were big data research areas, the transfer of semantic technologies and the cooperation with economy.

The transfer meeting was especially designed as a regional exchange platform directed at local and regional enterprises.

All presentations held at the event are available in German at: www.uni-leipzig.de/transfermeeting



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