Big Data Europe kick-off meeting

GFAR is participating together with FAO in the H2020 project "Big Data Europe: Integrating Big Data, Software & Communities for Addressing Europe's Societal Challenges" (BDE).
The project is funded under Work Programme Strategic Objective ICT 15 - 2014: Big data and Open Data Innovation and take-up and addresses the Target Outcome (b.3) Coordination & Support Actions: Data Aggregator.

BDE will provide support mechanisms for all the major aspects of a data value chain, in terms of the employed data and technology assets, the participating roles and the established or evolving processes. The effectiveness of the provided support mechanisms will be assessed in different domains pertaining to Europe's major societal challenges with respect to the needs and requirements of the related communities.
One of the core data challenges addressed by the project is food and agriculture ("Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy").
FAO/GFAR will be responsible for the project's outreach to the communities relevant for this societal challenge..

Responsibilities of partners representing the societal challenges are: engaging the community, understanding data and technologies used and needed, selecting use cases (it has to be "big data", even not huge but complex, heterogeneous).
The project will help communities develop the necessary back-end services based on requirements set by the communities.
The project kick-off event took place in Brussels on 25-27 Fabruary 2015.
The kick-off consisted in an internal Consortium meeting held on 25 and 26 February and a public launch event on 27 February with around 40 people from the European Commission.
At the public event, I acted as panellist in the session on the food and agriculture societal challenge together with Dieter Brigitta from the European Commission (DG RTD F.3 Agri-Food Chain).
At the public launch at the European Commission, our initial identification of needs and stakeholders was endorsed by the relevant EC participants and questions and comments from the audience highlighted the need to be very inclusive in the process: the fact that FAO and GFAR represent different types of stakeholders and work in existing networks already tackling open data issues was appreciated.
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