Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data

On the 2nd of July 2014, the European Commission published a press release which urges national governments to embrace the potential of Big Data. 

The main problems identified by the Commission in the field of Big Data are the lack of cross-border coordination, insufficient infrastructure and funding opportunities, a shortage of data experts and related skills, as well as a fragmented and overly complex legal environment. 

To solve these problems, the Commission proposed several concrete actions, such as creating an open data incubator to help SMEs set up supply chains based on data and use cloud computing more, establishing a series of Supercomputing Centres of Excellence to increase the number of skilled data workers in Europe, as well as establishing a Big Data public-private partnership that funds “game-changing” big data ideas, in areas such as personalised medicine and food logistics.