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SoBigData Research Infrastructure

Objective

One of the most pressing and fascinating challenges scientists face today, is understanding the complexity of our globally interconnected society. The big data arising from the digital breadcrumbs of human activities promise to let us scrutinize the ground truth of individual and collective behaviour at an unprecedented detail and scale. There is an urgent need to harness these opportunities for scientific advancement and for the social good. The main obstacle to this accomplishment, besides the scarcity of data scientists, is the lack of a large-scale open infrastructure, where big data and social mining research can be carried out.

To this end, SoBigData proposes to create the Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem: a research infrastructure (RI) providing an integrated ecosystem for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining on the various dimensions of social life, as recorded by “big data”. Building on several established national infrastructures, SoBigData will open up new research avenues in multiple research fields, including mathematics, ICT, and human, social and economic sciences, by enabling easy comparison, re-use and integration of state-of-the-art big social data, methods, and services, into new research. It will not only strengthen the existing clusters of excellence in social data mining research, but also create a pan-European, inter-disciplinary community of social data scientists, fostered by extensive training, networking, and innovation activities. In addition, as an open research infrastucture, SoBigData will promote repeatable and open science.
Although SoBigData is primarily aimed at serving the needs of researchers, the openly available datasets and open source methods and services provided by the new research infrastructure will also impact industrial and other stakeholders (e.g. government bodies, non-profit organisations, funders, policy makers).

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/mathematics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/big data
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data mining

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 085 000

Participants (11)

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 986 125
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 360 000
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 616 875
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 227 500
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA IMT (ISTITUZIONI, MERCATI, TECNOLOGIE) ALTI STUDI DI LUCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Piazza San Ponziano 6
55100 Lucca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 407 000
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 377 500
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Piazza Dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 425 000
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 165 000
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments