Big Data Is Better, Urges EU Commissioner

Author:Ms Cynthia O'Donoghue
Profession:Reed Smith

At Europe's biggest digital technology event ICT 2013, Vice President of the European Commission Responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, made a speech despairing that Europe is lagging behind the rest of the world in taking advantage of opportunities presented by big data. Kroes recognised it would be beneficial to "put the data together...the value of the whole is far more than the sum of its parts... to create a coherent data ecosystem." The speech highlights that plans under new EU data protection legislation will ensure more public data is shared, and this will be supported by the creation of a new pan-European open data portal. To support this vision, Kroes pleads for a big data partnership to be formed between public and private-sector organisations, adding "a...

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