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Big Data from Space 2017: emerging challenges, roadmap for future developments, innovation and value added

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Dec 04 2017

Following the success of the 2014 and 2016 conferences on Big Data from Space held at the ESA in Frascati (Italy) and the Auditorio de Tenerife (Spain) respectively, the 2017 edition of the "Big Data from Space" Conference was again co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen).

Big data from Space is undergoing sharp development with numerous new initiatives and breakthroughs from intelligent sensors to data science. These developments are empowering new approaches and applications in various and diverse domains. Information based developments such as spatiotemporal and long time-series data analytics, data cubes, smart data management, information extraction technologies, computational intelligence, platforms and services are undergoing a fast evolution. In addition, the recent multiplication of initiatives offering open access to Big Data from Space is giving momentum to the field by widening substantially the spectrum of users as well as awareness among the public while offering new opportunities for scientists, value-adding companies, and institutions. Benefits are expected at all levels from individual citizens to the whole society.

The overall objective of the BiDS conference cycle is to stimulate interactions and bring together researchers, engineers, users, infrastructure and service providers, interested in exploiting Big Data from Space.

This edition was hosted by the French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) from 28 to 30 November 2017 in Toulouse, one of the key European cities with activities focused on space and aerospace developments and applications.

Special emphasis was put on highlighting synergies and cross-fertilisation opportunities. The main objectives of BiDS’17 included:

  • Present and discuss results, progresses and emerging challenges, including open data access and open science;
  • Involve users and service providers in the definition of a roadmap for future developments;
  • Identify priorities for research, technology development and innovation;
  • Widen competences and expertise of universities, research institutes, labs, SMEs and other industrial actors;
  • Foster networking of experts and users towards better access and sharing of data, tools, infrastructures, resources and incubation of services;
  • Leverage innovation, spin-in and spin-off of technologies, and business development arising from research and industry progress;
  • Increase and promote the value stemming from the huge quantity of data made available at an ever increasing rate.