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Thursday, 13th March 2014

Big and Open Data Position Paper

Source: Networked and Electronic Media Initiative

From Executive Summary:

From the NEM community perspective, Big and Open data is becoming a hot topic as far as most of the content will be stored in the future in data centers and there is a need to optimize the usage of such infrastructure. This huge amount of data provided by the content sector (business content but also user generated content) will have to be stored, manipulated and retrieved from any one in the easiest way and on any type of devices. In addition, content will become more and more heterogeneous due to the multiplication of formats used by the end user devices. This increasing complexity needs further research activities that are highlighted in this position paper.

This document addresses several aspects (but not all) of the Big and Open data domains and tries to provide a research agenda for the next years.

The NEM sector is vast and covers the entire data value chain, from creation, manipulation, distribution, search, and privacy; and these techniques are all very relevant for Big and Open Data. Big data technologies are nowadays mandatory to provide new forms of content in an ATAWAD (anytime, anyway, anydevices) seamless way, it enables providers to reach more and more people while optimizing the content storage in a sustainable and scalable way. Open data technologies are complementary as far as they allow organizations to offer to end users or to third parties the possibility to use and repurpose content for new usages and applications. It is very relevant for administrative content but also for any companies which could develop new business through data opening.

In addition to technical aspects, this paper also provides some useful input on societal impact mainly linked to privacy as far as content becomes more accessible to anyone when it is stored in the cloud. These data will be available to anyone unless we are able to provide mechanisms which offer to users the possibility to withdraw exhaustively their content and to provide secure data-tight clusters.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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