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News 04/16

A note from the Deputy Coordinator

From the outside, it’s been a seemingly quiet start to 2016 in the BigDataEurope project. But internally we have been very busy initiating the 7 pilot realisations of the generic Big Data Architecture that is under development.  The first prototypes will be showcased in the 7 respective soecietal workshops which for the same reason, will be held after Summer this year.  The exact dates and topics will be announced in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out on our Website!

Following a trial of 7 independent W3C-BDE societal interest groups, it was decided early this year to merge these into one W3C-BDE


group, since most of the questions answered via those channels tend to be independent of the societal domains. Please find information about how to join this group below! Apart from the workshops, the Project Consortium offers many other activities. Aside from routine societal challenge-specific hangouts, we have also launched a series of domain-independent technical webinars, giving an insight into the technical decisions and technologies used to shape out our architecture.  Please find a link to the first recorded webinar below. A second webinar in this series is planned before the Summer. Please find out more about this and other activities in our website. 

Changes on the W3C community groups
Join the new W3C BigDataEurope Group

The 7 W3C Community Groups were established as discussion fora about the active role of big data technologies in addressing the 7 societal challenges identified by the European Commission. As the project evolves, the Project Partners decided jointly that in order to serve better the societal needs in terms of Big Data, the following changes will be made:
  1. The primary communication about events related to BDE and each societal challenge will be made via a separate mailing list.
  2. The 7 W3C Community Groups are closed and one new Group has replaced them. This new Group will be used in order to serve the purpose of all the previous W3C Community Groups, namely to foster innovation, and in particular, to highlight where future standardization efforts should be targeted and implemented.
A kind note that it is not possible, legally or technically, to transfer your membership of the old CG(s) to the new one. Therefore, please join the new CG here.
Substantive discussions about the technologies used, the problems faced and solutions tried are very welcome via the new CG's mailing list. The W3C Community is large, active, and always interested in new ways of doing things. Therefore feel free to participate and engage! Last but not least, you can access the material from all past groups here. We are looking forward to interacting with you in the new CG.

Online Webinar
First BDE Technical Webinar A Success! Watch the recording.

The 1st BDE Technical Webinar, with the theme “Uncover Unique Technical insights into the BDE Platform”, was held on the 2nd of March 2016. All information related to the Webinar, including the agenda, speakers´ presentations and a transcript of the Q&A Session is added to the BDE website. Stay tuned for our next Webinar Session, which will take place before the summer! 
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Survey on the benefits of re-using Open Data

The European Data Portal, which is developed by the European Commission with the support of a consortium led by Capgemini, including INTRASOFT International, Fraunhofer Fokus, con terra, Sogeti, the Open Data Institute, Time.Lex and the University of Southampton, harvests the metadata of Public Sector Information, available on public, national, regional and local data portals across European countries, without excluding certain datasets.
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Big Data in energy
BDE Pilot case in Energy for System monitoring in wind energy production unit

The purpose of the pilot is the demonstration that the current IT developments can deliver solutions towards the cost-effective and reliable management of a large number of energy producing units. The solutions  are based on the efficient data management and analytics of all available raw data streams, without any data reductions. The pilot addresses developers, researchers in CMS systems, manufacturers,    CMS and IT service providers in wind energy field. The pilot addresses also other sensor data cases, such as found in transport, manufacturing and other related areas.
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Big Data in food & agriculture
A big data timeline for the agrifood sector

The Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) is a Dutch public university in Wageningen, Netherlands, which consists of the Wageningen University and the former agricultural research institutes (Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek – DLO). WUR is one of the top institutes at a global level in the field of agri-food and environmental research. As expected, such a large and active group of research institutes produces huge amounts of data – and WUR has developed the expertise throughout the years to make good use of big data in the agri-food research context. It has been almost one century (98 years, to be more precise) since WUR started collecting research data of various types, using various means and managing all this information and data so that it can be easily reused. How has this data been collected through these years, for which purpose and how can it benefit future research? A beautiful timeline produced by WUR provides the answers to these questions, divided in four (4) major periods.
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Big Data in transport
The Czech Traffic Management Revolution – a golden opportunity for the exploitation of Big Data technology

The RODOS Transport Systems Development Centre, a platform of professionals from academia, private companies as well as public administration working in applied transport research with a specific focus on road transport monitoring and control. In other words, they make it easier and faster for us to get around, in the Czech Republic. The centre uses three primary data sources: floating car data obtained from three fleets, covering about 5% of the traffic flow; an electronic toll system covering over 1000 km-s of motorways producing over 7 million transaction data every day; and classic detector networks such as radars and cameras. All these are fed into Salomon, a supercomputer that then analyses and interprets the various data and produces information and insight of the nation’s roads.
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Big Data tech insight
Scalable Spark/HDFS Workbench using Docker

In this article we will show how to create scalable HDFS/Spark setup using Docker and Docker-Compose. We include HDFS Hue FileBrowser as well as spark-notebook into our setup enabling users to work with both HDFS and Spark via graphical user interfaces.
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The Internet of Moving Things powered by Big Data

The Internet of Moving Things sounds quite grand (and it is) but can be explained very simply. A moving thing is anything that moves: anything you wear or carry around: clothes, a phone, tablet, fit bit; or use to get in motion: a car, a bike or a rollerblade. All of these can now be fitted with motion sensors connecting them to a centre and enabling interaction among themselves. A common example is last night’s dinner delivery. On many websites you can now track your meal from kitchen to doorstep every minute, enabled by data provided motion sensors. Zoom out and take a look at the moving street scene today: pedestrians, cyclists, cars and trams all in constant motion can now be mapped out with precision on a digital canvas.
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Meet our team!
Events, Workshops and Conferences

Updates on Big Data in Secure Societies
Online Hangout, April 21st, 11am CEST
Several actions are in place to build a community on Big Data for Secure Societies and to develop the instantiations of the BigDataEurope stack in real-world scenarios through an appropriate pilot in the Space and Security domain. To keep everybody updated on these activities, the BigDataEurope consortium is organising a hang-out.
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BDE at the Big Data from Space Conference 2016
Tenerife from the 15th to the 17th of March 2016
The 2nd edition of the Big Data from Space conference (co-organised by the European Space Agency, the EC Joint Research Centre and the EU Satellite Centre) was held at the Auditorio de Tenerife from the 15th to the 17th of March 2016 with the goal to bring together researchers, engineers, developers and users in the area of Big Data from Space addressing the whole life-cycle of Big Data (from university education to on board processing, down to image and data analysis, until downstream exploitation). The conference was a huge success with nearly 300 participants coming from almost 40 countries and more than 90 papers selected for oral or poster presentations.
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Big Data Europe @ the Small BDVA Summit
The Hague, The Netherlands, 3rd March 2016
The progress of the Big Data Europe (BDE) Project was presented at the Small Big Data Value Association (BDVA) Summit by Dr. Simon Scerri, Project Deputy Coordinator atFraunhofer IAIS, which is a Founding Member of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA). The presentation took place in a joint session with the BYTE Project.
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BDE technical workshop in Athens
21st March 2016
The fourth BDE Technical workshop was hosted by NCSR-D in Athens. The technical partners´ representatives participated and constructively discussed about the project´s progress.
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BDE at International Workshop on Big Data Standards 2016
Dublin, 7th March 2016
The ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 Working Group 9 on Big Data Standards has been meeting in Dublin this week. Ahead of that meeting, members of WG 9 invited a range of stakeholders, including Big Data Europe, to Dublin City University on Monday to take an overview of the standards landscape. The International Workshop on Big Data Standards 2016 heard from speakers such as the head of Ireland’s Development Agency, Leo Clancy, the European Commission’s Head of Unit for Smart Cities and Sustainability, Colette Maloney, and chair of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills, Dudley Dolan. All speakers emphasized the need for cooperation and standardization if Big Data and the Internet of Things – increasingly seen as two aspects of the same thing – are to be the basis of European success.
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