BDE SC6 workshop on 5.12.2016 in Cologne – The Challenges of Big Data for societies in a changing world 5th December, 2016: 14:00 – 17:30 pm CET
The 2nd workshop in domain of the EU Societal Challenge 6 – Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies (SC6) was held on 5 December 2016 in Cologne, Germany. It was organised by the Consortium of Social Science Data Archives – CESSDA and the Semantic Web Company – SWC, both beneficiaries in the BigDataEurope project and co-located with the EDDI2016 conference (http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi16) hosted by GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences.
The BDE team introduced the project, role of the host institutions and associate partners in it (CESSDA, SWC and NCSR Demokritos), as well as the current state of play with emphasis on past results, current developments in each SC and dissemination activities. Also the BDE Aggregator Platform (objectives, architecture, comparison with other big data platforms) was presented in a short talk.
The central theme of this workshop was the SC6 Pilot (Citizens Budget on Municipal Level) built on the BDE Platform, which was presented and discussed. Increased number of municipalities are publishing Budget Execution Data (income and expenses on a daily, weekly, monthly basis). SC6 team is currently dealing with three municipalities’ budget execution data in detail (provided and coordinated by NCSR Demokritos). The Pilot provides such data aggregated, normalised and finally analysed in the form of financial ratios to the users (the data and the visualisations are available). Further data from additional data sources should be integrated in the 2nd step of the Pilot realisation.
Furthermore the pilot of SC7 (Secure Societies) was briefly presented as of the request by the audience to give more examples of the use of the BDE Platform.
Although it was originally planned to have 3 parallel sessions, due to only few participants it was decided on spot to tackle all issues one by one and get direct input from all participants. This approach led to unexpected amount of feedback and information provided in relaxed and informal atmosphere by workshop participants.
This workshop of the Big Data Europe (BDE, http://www.big-data-europe.eu) project is workshop #2 for Societal Challenge 6 (SC6) that is about Social Sciences and Digital Humanities.
The BDE team will introduce the project (status) to the participants and SC6 best practise examples for Big Data will be presented. Then the BDE team explains and demonstrates the Big Data Europe Aggregator Platform to the audience and will answer arising questions.
The central theme of this workshop is the SC6 Pilot: Citizens Budget on Municipal Level – built on the BDE Platform – that will be demonstrated and discussed. Increased number of municipalities are publishing Budget Execution Data (income and expenses on a daily, weekly, monthly basis). Clear and simple summary guides are needed along with raw data for citizens, researchers and decision makers in order to make informed decisions about the use of data. At the moment we are dealing with data from three municipalities budget execution data in detail (accounting level). Further data from additional data sources should be integrated in the 2nd step of the Pilot realisation.
Finally, all participants are invited to bring up SC6 big data use cases and examples, and to further discuss current challenges and requirements in efficient data management for SC6.
WHAT: Big Data Europe SC6: Economy (data) in new context WHEN: 05 December 2016, 14.00-17.30pm CET WHERE: GESIS EAST, Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8, 50667 Cologne, Germany INFO & REGISTRATION: http://bde-sc6-2016.eventbrite.com
14.00 – 14.10 CET
Welcome & Introduction (Big Data Europe), Ivana Versic (Cessda)
14.10 – 14.25 CET
The Big Data Europe (BDE) Project, Sören Auer /
Simon Scerri (Fraunhofer IAIS)
Webinar lasted from 15:00 until 16:10 CET, and 6 people attended (out of 14 registered). General introduction of the BigDataEurope project, as well as final remarks, were provided by the SC6 domain lead and moderator of the webinar Ivana Ilijasic Versic from CESSDA, and CTO of the SWC and SC6 support technical partner, Martin Kaltenboeck.
Beneficiaries in the Big Data Europe project, the Consortium of Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and the Semantic Web Company (SWC) organised the 3rd hang-out in a row discussing the following topic: Citizens’ budget at municipal level – Use Case for BDE Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies. Hang-out was held on the 28th of October 2016 from 15:00-16:00h covering 3 main parts: introduction of the BDE project and organisers, presentation of the pilot content, and finally rounding it with technical infrastructure behind the project and the pilot.
Introduction of the BDE, H2020 and hang-out organisers was done by Ivana Ilijasic Versic, Administrative Manager at CESSDA, followed by a presentation from Michalis Vafopoulos from the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) Demokritos in Greece, and Martin Kaltenböck from the SWC in Austria on the work carried out within the frame of SC6 pilot using the data on budget expenditures at municipal level provided for Greek cities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Kalamaria.
Main aims of the BDE project are to produce an integrated stack of tools to manipulate, publish and use large-scale data resources, through engagement of a diverse range of stakeholder groups representing Europe 2020 challenge “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, and through design, realisation and evaluation of a big data aggregator platform infrastructure.
Presenters further explored the ideas and the objectives behind the topic: “Can we make budgets more useful for citizens, researchers and decision makers? Different components within the creation of an online dashboard on Economic Data were highlighted: harvesting, normalising, linking & mapping the data, analysing the data, visualising and finally providing raw data. Vast range of potential users and usages was covered, from citizens and journalists to decision makers and researchers. The Linked Economy model was presented as a common semantic model that captures an integrated view of the economic activity, being economic-theory driven, based on existing vocabularies, structured and open development process, easy to be consumed by any system and scalable as well as reusable. Further details regarding the data to be used and produced in the pilot (including budget data and budget execution data) coming from the municipalities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Kalamaria were described, along with the process of converting mass data input into exploitable output. Technical aspect of the Big Data Europe project were briefly presented with particular focus on the BDE platform, its architecture and components as well as “3Vs” being a main criteria for big data definition: data Velocity, data Variety and data Volume. SC6 pilot focus area was described in more detail. Including pilot architecture and technical components. The presentation then highlighted the 1st MockUp / Wireframe and finally the Evolution of the Pilot.