4th LSDMA Symposium: New developments in Big Data

On the 1st of October KIT hosted for the fourth time the Symposium “The Challenge of Big Data in Science”. About 90 participants from Germany, France, Spain, China and the United States of America joined the event.

4th LSDMA Symposium: Javier Quinteros gave a keynote about current developments

The opening speech was delivered by Michael Decker, the new head of  the KIT department “Informatik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft”, and the director of SCC Achim Streit.

Jarek Nabrzyski from the University of Notre Dame in USA who is also in charge of the Center for Research Computing (CRC) talked about the importance of Data and Software Preservation in Open Science. He introduced DASPOS (Data and Service Preservation for Open Science) as a solution for the lack of proper documentation in scientific publications. DASPOS will help the scientist in documenting their work for generating reproducible results.

Peter Braesicke from Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research at KIT spoke next about the data management requirements of environmental scientists and Javier Quinteros gave a report about current technical developments at the Geoforschungszentrum (GFZ) in Potsdam.

In addition to talks from representatives of individual organisations keynote speeches on joint European initiatives were presented. One of them, INDIGO-DataCloud, an EU Horizon 2020 funded project, aims at establishing a European data cloud as a Platform as a Service. The project was introduced by Isabel Campos of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Several more keynotes from different research facilities in the field of Large Scale Data Management have been given: “Data Management challenges in Astronomy and Astroparticle Physics” by Giovanni Lamanna (Asterics), “How astronomy shares and reuses scientific data” by Françoise Genova (CDS in Strasbourg), “Science SQL” by Peter Baumann (Jacobs University Bremen) and “Data Management and Data Analysis in CLARIN-D” by Erhard Hinrichs from the University of Tübingen.

Further information and materials can be found at http://www.helmholtz-lsdma.de/Symposium2015

Uğur Çayoğlu