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The European dimension of big data revealed at EDF2015

CESSDA attended the European Data Forum taking place in Luxembourg on 16-17 November in the framework of Big Data Europe, gold sponsor of the event. Here are some take away messages on what is happening at a European level in the area of big data.

As mentioned in our previous Big Data Europe blog post, Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg opened the second day of the European Data Forum (EDF2015) with a statement that research and innovation are a priority for the Luxembourg Government, making up 0.7-0.9 percent of the country’s GDP. He pointed out that Luxembourg has one of most highly secure data parks in the world and they intend to apply for a common PCI (projects of common interest) project on high performance computing (HPC) and big data infrastructure will ensure European sovereignty on key HPC development technologies, an intention which was later applauded by Commissioner Oettinger.

The next speaker in the opening session of day two was Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, who highlighted that we are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution which will have a profound impact on our lives.

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