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.