The National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Climate domain) and Franhaufer IAIS (Project coordinator) organized on January 12, 2016 the first online hangout about Big Data in the H2020 Societal Challenge SC5 “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” in the framework of the BigDataEurope (BDE) project.
One of the seven societal challenges as indentified by Horizon 2020 “Climate Action” aims at fighting and adapting to climate change contributing to specific objectives defined to:
- Develop climate modelling and science for climate services to help provide trustworthy science-based information to government, public and private decision makers,
- Pool resources to develop better tools, methods and standards to help assess the impact of climate change and adaptation responses,
- Improve understanding of the economics of climate change and linkages with sustainable development,
- Develop technological options and strategies to improve air quality and reduce the carbon footprint of European cities, and
- Create climate change networks to facilitate dialogue among relevant scientific communities, funding bodies and user communities in the EU.
First BDE Community Workshop (SC5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials) complete!
Location – Vertretung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen bei der Europäischen Union, Brussels
Date – June 15, 2015
The first BigDataEurope SC5 workshop was held with the intention to identify the current as well the future Big Data challenges in the Climate domain. The challenges and complexities faced during Big Data implementations in the area were identified and discussed, while typical applications of Big Data technologies were presented. Stakeholder requirements were collected to support the design and realization of the required computational infrastructure that will make use of the Lambda-Architecture. The development process will be tightly aligned with the societal challenge needs to ensure seamless and transparent integration of the proposed implementation in existing solutions. The BigDataEurope platform will integrate mature, existing, open-source components into a comprehensive software stack suitable for serving and consuming interoperable data.
Key challenges identified in applying Big Data approaches to Climate Action were the following:
• Data management tools and practices currently common in the domain and /or in the participating organizations
• Problems in getting, processing, analysing and storing the data
• Identification of tasks using large (internal and/or external) datasets
• Discussion of use cases of interest
• Functional and non-functional requirements for the big data platform
• Identification of tools/systems/databases/resources -gaps applied
• Practical or technical restrictions that might impede access and processing of the data
• Implementation of the Open Access to Research Data policy promoted by the EC to all projects funded under H2020
• Legal concerns that could be encountered in the usage of (Big) Data management solutions
• Identification of key roadblocks influencing policy requirements.