"New developments such as the cloud, the Internet of Things and big data can thrive in Europe and that citizens, innovative web entrepreneurs and other businesses can take full advantage of their potential."
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

"The efficient management of big data offers unprecedented business opportunities to enterprises that react fast enough to take advantage of them."
Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG

"Data is the world's great new natural resource. What steam power was to the 18th century, electromagnetism to the 19th and fossil fuels to the 20th… data will be to the 21st."
Ginni Rometty, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM

“As part of its growth strategy, Europe must boost digital, data-driven innovation across all sectors of the economy.”
European Council conclusions 24/25 October 2013

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INSIGHT, a new Science Foundation Research Center for Data Analytics launched in Ireland

Insight, a new Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Center for Data Analytics was launched in December 2013 in Ireland. In today’s society, an increasing torrent of data is being created every second. Insight will play a leading role in developing next generation technologies to capture and transform the raw databeing generated into valuable concepts and ideas that can inform better decisions about society, the economy, healthcare and government. Insight will work with more than 30 industry partners, ranging from small Irish startups to established SMEs and large multinationals, on a range of projects to advance data analytics technologies in Ireland.

Neelie Kroes' "Vision for Europe" at the World Economic Forum, in Davos 2014

Neelie Kroes, Commission vice president responsible for the Digital Agenda, participated in the World Economic Forum, in Davos on 21-25 January 2014. She talked about a vision for a connected, open and secure Europe and especially emphasized that Europe should not reject the huge economic and social opportunities offered by Big Data.

Big Data Info Days in Luxembourg

On 15 January, the European Commission organised an information and networking day focusing on the Big Data Innovation-related objectives of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2014-2015. The first ICT call for H2020 opened 11 December and closes the 23 April.

The event gathered more than 400 participants with the aim to share information and present ideas on the objectives:

Neelie Kroes on the need for a European Public Partner Partnership on Big Data Value

Big Data as a growth opportunity for the European economy and society was emphasized in a speech of Ms. Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda given in November 2013 during the ICT conference in Vilnius. In her speech, she stressed that policy makers should support this process in several ways and called for a European Public Partner Partnership.

Data Scientists – The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century?

  • Posted on: 14 April 2014
  • By: Admin

Data scientists are often considered to be wizards that deliver value from big data. These wizards need to have knowledge in three very distinct subject areas, namely, scalable data management (e.g., data warehousing, Hadoop, parallel processing, query processing, SQL, and storage & resource management), data analysis (e.g., advanced statistics, linear algebra, optimization, machine learning, and mathematics) and domain area expertise (e.g., engineering, logistics, medicine, or physics).

Data as the New Oil – Ecosystems and Political Meaning

  • Posted on: 4 April 2014
  • By: Admin

In this blog post, I will discuss some economic, societal, and legal issues concerning big data. One often hears that ”data is the new oil.” Like oil, data is a complex product derived from numerous processing and refinement steps and an entire economic ecosystem involving drilling stations, refineries and distribution networks, which include filling/gas stations. Similarly, one can draw an analogy for the big data realm.


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