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BIG at ICT 2013, November 7-9, Vilnius

ICT 2013 was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from November 7th to the 9th. Nearly 5,000 delegates attended in order to discover the latest innovations and trends in ICT, and to gather information about the European Commission’s priorities for its Horizon 2020 research programme. The conference was supplemented by an extensive exhibition and three unique “villages” showcasing cutting-edge local and international technology companies.
 
A common thread running through the event was the potential societal impact of a data-driven economy. This includes issues such as privacy, surveillance and data protection, as well as positive aspects like improving healthcare, empowering all groups of society and tackling climate change.
 
The EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, gave a forceful keynote speech describing Big Data as a new “asset class”, as important a pillar of the economy as human resources or financial capital. The effect on productivity, public sector transparency, research and the environment could be transformative. Europe’s cultural and legislative advantages should be used to tackle challenges such as ICT education, the skills gap, barriers to market entry for SMEs and a lack of leadership in the technology sector.
 
A packed programme of Networking Sessions provided attendees with many opportunities to learn about applications for Big Data technologies. For example, genomic research being led by Valencia University depends on cloud infrastructures and scalable data mining tools to ensure that the right, not just more data is analysed. Other speakers showed how Big Data underpins the success of open data, drives new job creation and speeds up innovation.
 
The BIG project co-hosted a Networking Session with NESSI (a high-profile pan-European platform to promote innovation in software and services). The theme of the session was research into data value towards Horizon 2020. Data could be the driving force behind economic growth and European competitiveness globally, but work and collaboration are needed to fully understand the potential. Large companies such as Atos, Siemens, SAP and Thales are committed to a joint initiative for data value, recognising that industrial co-operation can drive progress. NESSI launched the Big Data Value Manifesto - a call to action for organisations to shape the future of Big Data.
 
Nuria de Lama from Atos highlighted the outputs of the BIG project, namely the sector requisites, technical white papers and a consolidated roadmap.

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)

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