The 3rd workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies, organised by the European Union Satellite Centre (EU SatCen) in the framework of the BigDataEurope project, was held in Brussels on the 3rd of October 2017.
The event was a success with around 40 participants coming from EC, CDTI, EARSC, ESA, Frontex, GEO and a number of other entities and private companies from a variety of domains in Secure Societies such as Space & Security and Cybersecurity.
Through dedicated sessions on specific topics involving major experts from the BigDataEurope project and from key domains in Secure Societies, the workshop aimed to:
- go into current and future Big Data needs and challenges in Secure Societies;
- contribute to the building of a community sharing Big Data requirements and strategies;
- discuss real user scenarios and use cases;
- present the outcomes of the BigDataEurope project and in particular of the pilot for Secure Societies;
- define the way forward to add value to current services and to implement new solutions in the Space and Security domain.
09.30 – 10.30: Registration and Coffee
12.40 – 14.20: Lunch
15.40 – 15.50: Q&A Manolis Koubarakis, Professor, University of Athens)
15.50 – 16.00: Closing Note and Farewell (Pascal Legai, Director, EU SatCen)
16.00: End of Workshop
The workshop is the 3rd of a scheduled series within the BigDataEurope project for the H2020 Societal Challenge “Secure Societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens“.
The “Secure Societies” Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge is related to the protection of freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. The primary aims of the Secure Societies Challenge are: to enhance the resilience of our society against natural and man-made disasters; to develop novel solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure; to fight crime and terrorism; to improve border security; to support the Union’s external security policies; to provide enhanced cyber-security.
An example of major activity within the Secure Societies Challenge is the provision of geospatial products and services, mainly resulting from satellite data. In fact the datasets used in the Space and Security domain comply with the definition of Big Data in terms of variety (Earth Observation data, aerial imagery and collateral data), volume (several governmental and commercial satellites are currently in orbit), velocity (24/7 availability to users requiring fast responses), veracity (decision making and operations require reliable sources) and value (provision of useful and clear information).
BigDataEurope is providing support mechanisms for all the major aspects of a data value chain, in terms of employed data and technology assets, the participating roles and the established or evolving processes. BigDataEurope is engaging with a diverse range of stakeholder groups representing the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges and implementing a Big Data Aggregator Platform Infrastructure comprising key open-source Big Data technologies for real-time and batch processing to meet their requirements.
1st Workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies
The 1st workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies, organised by the EU SatCen in the framework of the BigDataEurope project, was held in Brussels the 30th of September 2015.
The event was a success with 45 participants coming from EC (DG CNECT, DG HOME, DG GROW, DG RTD, JRC), ASD-EUROSPACE, CDTI, DLR, EARSC, EDA, ESA, EUROPOL, Frontex and a number of private companies and other entities covering the domains of Space & Security, Fight against Crime and Cybersecurity.
2nd Workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies
The 2nd workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies, organised by the EU SatCen in the framework of the BigDataEurope project, was held in Brussels the 18th of October 2016.
The event was a success with around 60 participants coming from EC (DG AGRI, DG CNECT, DG EAC, DG ECHO, DG GROW, DG HOME, DG RTD, EASME, Eurostat), CDTI, EARSC, EDA, ESA, Frontex, GEO and a number of key stakeholders, data users and service providers from a variety of domains in Secure Societies such as Space & Security and Cybersecurity.
Sergio Albani (Secure Societies Domain Leader)