European Data Forum 2015 is the successor of EDF 12, 13 & 14 which were held in Copenhagen, Dublin and Athens respectively. European Data Forum 2015 was successfully held in the beautiful country of Luxembourg as an official event of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Luxembourg is a small country with big aims and objectives. Interestingly put by the prime minister of Luxembourg as “a country which occupies more area in space than on land”.
EDF 2015 was enriched by presentations, panel discussions and networking sessions by industry professionals, researchers, policy makers, and members of community initiatives from all across the Europe. The discussions covered a wide spectrum of developments in research and technology, future needs and trends, applications, and socio-economic aspects of the data value chain, and most importantly, open data.
The forum was opened by Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg, and Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, followed by several high profile keynote speakers from around the Europe. All talks and discussions were really interesting and informative, detailing each of them could fill a number of pages . Just a few , which also correspond to Societal challenges for Big Data europe are summarised below.
Stefan Rohringer, showed the necessity for continuous development and consequent usage of big data approaches by Infineon technologies in semiconductor manufacturing and quality control. This was a nice insight into a practical use case of big data technologies.
Norbert Gaus from Siemens highlighted the role of smart data for industrial applications demonstrating another industrial scale use case , and more precisely data generator of the future.
Stefan Auerbach, from Lufthansa Systems, discussed the huge amount of data being produced by air jets during their flight and customer or consumer data gathered and exposed to Lufthansa for each every flight. He also showed the importance of use of this data for future analytics , marketing, customer satisfaction, flight safety and navigation control.
Karim Michel Sabbagh, from SES SA showed the importance and use of video data being transmitted by satellites and possibilities of its usage and analytics. He stated that satellites are key to digital highway.
A talk by Volker Markl (Apache Flink) described latest progress in their open source ‘software stack’ for scalable big data analytics including its batch and real-time stream processing capabilities and the supported declarative query language.
Tomas Pariente Lobo, Atos Research and Innovation, Data Intelligence Lab dealing with Big Data and Semantic Technologies focused his presentation on rumour analysis and investigation into how to find out the veracity of a rumour spread on social media. Atos has created the PHEME Big Data Architecture for veracity analysis in the framework of the PHEME research project, with two application areas: open-source social intelligence tools for data journalism and improving healthcare.
Behind every successful event are its organizers. And here is a very direct link to Big Data Europe Project. Soren Auer and Jens Lehmann were the General Chairs of this enlightening event. So we are anxiously looking forward to EDF 2016 which will take place in Eindhoven, Netherlands in June 2016 along the EU presidency of the Netherlands