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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).
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 085 000

Participants (11)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 986 125

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 360 000

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 616 875

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 227 500

SCUOLA IMT (ISTITUZIONI, MERCATI, TECNOLOGIE) ALTI STUDI DI LUCCA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 407 000

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 377 500

SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 425 000

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 165 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654024

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 917 500

  • EU contribution

    € 5 000 000

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy