The recently concluded survey on the readiness and use of Big Data in Europe’s Societal Challenge Sectors brought some remarkable results. The survey carried out by the Big Data Europe Project in June/July 2015 was answered by 394 persons of a well-balanced sample coming from all Societal Challenges.
Asking the participants’ opinions on the efficiencies of their institution’s current infrastructure to manage Big Data the answers showing principal, that the companies and institutions find themselves within a broad span of having the infrastructure already in place to still lacking of Big Data environments. In this dynamic picture the Societal Challenge on Secure Societies see themselves prepared for Big Data the most while the Societal Challenge on Food, Agriculture, Forestry, Water and Bioeconomy ranges at the other pole with a need for improvement and catch up.
Investigating further on readiness for Big Data, the survey shows, 77% of the middle scale organisations are currently evaluating the investments in big data infrastructure.
Drawing a footprint of the growth of data per type and Societal Challenge, the picture shows that there are two poles of growth: Societal Challenge on Health, demographic change and wellbeing with a high growth rate and Societal Challenge on Food, Agriculture, Forestry, Water and Bioeconomy with a low overall growth rate.
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This and more detailed findings can be found in the public deliverable on Community-Driven Big Data Requirements I.