14th SciFY Academy "Open Data. Now!"

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

14th SciFY Academy | Open Data
"Open Data. Now!"

On Wednesday October 26, as a part of the project Your Data Stories, SciFY, ODI Athens of Open Technologies Organization - ΕΕLLΑΚ and SKEL Lab of NCSR "Demokritos" co operated for making a series of presentations related to Open Data.


The speeches were hosted by distinguished business executives and experts in this research field, presenting innovative projects that promote the exploitation and evolution of data, not only for the development of the economy and business, but also for dealing with everyday and social problems.

As we learned from the speeches, the technology and business community are investing in the future and the developing of Big Data, looking for mechanisms and platforms to maximize the use of the data and metadata. Identifying and analyzing them helps us to discern the really useful information and to separate it from the "noise", to judge its credibility and ultimately to anticipate with greater certainty the future situations and market trends, even social behavior.


Lastly, extra emphasis was placed on the ways to maintain the balance between the privacy and the openness of the data, thus covering the legal aspects of the issue. It is worth noting that despite the great participation of speakers at the event, the content of the presentations was comprehensive, in-depth and gave an integrated approach of the subject, both at the business and at the research levels.


Moreover, despite the technical expertise around Open Data, the speakers ensured the smooth transmission of information, making them understandable even to the less experienced audience. Perhaps this was due to the large response of the participants in the final stage of the event that followed, that of the open debate and questions.

14th SciFY Academy Open Data 26-10-16 from eellak on Vimeo.


13th SciFY Academy | Big Data
"From Infrastructure to Implementation"

On Wednesday, October 19thSciFYΕΕΛΛΑΚ and INNOVATHENS, organized the first seminar  of this Academic year on Big DataUp to 120 people attended the 13th SciFY Academy where Dr. Konstantinos Tsakalozos and Dr. George Giannakopoulos introduced us to the topic of Big Data.


The event opened by Mr. Vassilis Giannakopoulos, Marketing Director & Impact Manager at SciFY, who presented the free and open source assistive technology platform Talk and Play. The project is being developed by SciFY with an exclusive donation from Stavros Niarchos Foundation. This prototype system allows people who have disabilities and also speech difficulties : to communicate, listen to music, watch movies and play tailored-made, specialized games that enhance their skills and can help them recover.

To access the presentation (in Greek) of Mr. Vasilis Giannakopoulos follow the link: http://go.scify.gr/sfacIN13PrVG 


In the following session, Dr Konstantinos Tsakalozos, Software Developer - Big Data at Canonical Ltd., started by mentioning the origins of big data and reasons for using big data solution. Data increase as your activities expand. For instance as your business grows it produces increasingly more data. Also, nowadays it is easy to efficiently gather all these large amounts of data. The conventional processing methods, however, are not applicable for storing and processing this kind of data volume. Thus, it is necessary for you and your business to utilize big data technology, in order to process the continually increasing data, effectively. In turn, the generated knowledge will lead to better decision making.

Big Data Software solutions often tend to be complex, requiring staff training and overall are hard to integrate. What we really need, Mr. Tsakalozos informs us, is to lower the operational costs of modeling and implementing your big data solutions.

Mr. Tsakalozos presented the Juju platform from Canonical. Juju builds an ecosystem that enables easy setup and access to infrastructures, including big data systems. This ecosystem allows you to implement applications (charms) in any language (Puppet, Ansible, Bash, Python, Java); to take advantage of applications implemented by other vendors and to collaborate with other providers within the community. To access the presentation of  Dr. Konstantinos Tsakalozos follow the linkhttp://go.scify.gr/sfacIN13PrKT 

For more information about juju platform, see: 

In the last session of the seminar, Dr. George Giannakopoulos, CTO at SciFY & Researcher at  Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR Demokritos, referred to the application of big data in a variety of cases, from social media analysis, to bioinformatics and wind turbine proactive maintenance! He stressed that “big data” is not only about “much” data, i.e. the volume is not their only distinctive feature. Other features of data, indicative of a problem of "big data" are also the speed of data change (velocity), the variety of forms and ways data are found (variety), the possibility of their validation (veracity) and the value generated by them, allowing action and reaction (value). Then, Mr. Giannakopoulos referred to the Big Data Europe Project [1], an international project funded by the EU, which brings 16 organizations from 10 European countries in a partnership for the future of "big data" in Europe. The 7 project development pilots are aligned with the societal challenges of the Horizon 2020 framework [2], covering domains such as: 1) Health, 2) Food & Agriculture, 3) Energy, 4) Transport, 5) Climate, 6) Social Sciences and 7) Security.

To access the presentation of Dr. George Giannakopoulos  follow the linkhttp://go.scify.gr/sfacIN13PrGG






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