The 2nd SC5 Big Data Europe workshop took place in Brussels, on 11 October 2016. A number of participants attended, including 3 invited speakers and 2 EC Officials, spanning different areas of the societal challenge, from climate research and climate change impact assessment, to atmosphere and emergency response. In this post, we provide a quick run-through of the half-day SC5 event, with links to relevant presentations.
Saila Rinne (EC Commission Programme Officer, CNECT.G1) opened the workshop, giving an overview of the policy context behind Big Data and Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Interesting discussions took place regarding the value big and open data bring to different aspects of the European economy, also according the Big Data Value Association Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).
Simon Scerri (Enterprise Information Systems, University of Bonn), representing the BDE coordinator, gave an introduction to the Big Data Europe project and platform.
Christian Pagé (Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique – CERFACS), discussed issues regarding data analytics and downscaling for climate research within the context of big data.
Yannis Ioannidis (Athena Research Center and University of Athens), discussed the role of big data in the research lifecycle and in particular in terms of research infrastructures within the European context.
Andreas Skouloudis (EC, Joint Research Centre) discussed the role and usefulness of big data for environmental monitoring, public health and risk assessment, connecting climate and the environment with emergency response.
Iraklis Klampanos (NCSR Demokritos, BDE SC5 team) presented the 1st BDE SC5 pilot, the rationale behind it and the technological components developed. Components such as the ingestion and exporting of NetCDF files, into and from the BDE platform, as well as the downscaling orchestration components will be reused for the 2nd SC5 pilot.
Spyros Andronopoulos (NCSR Demokritos, BDE SC5 team) provided a much needed physics background for the SC5 pilot use-cases. This introduction covered basics regarding the study of the atmosphere for weather prognosis, climate projection, air pollution abatement, etc.
Andreas Ikonomopoulos (NCSR Demokritos, BDE SC5 team) introduced the 2nd planned SC5 pilot, that will address the problem of identifying the unknown release location of a substance. This pilot will make efficient use of big data and the BDE platform to support emergency response during a nuclear or radiological event.
The presentations were followed by a discussion on the utilization of the BDE platform and issues related to the planned 2nd SC5 Pilot case.