ERCIM NEWS Special theme: Big Data
ERCIM News is the magazine of ERCIM. Published quarterly, it reports on joint actions of the ERCIM partners, and aims to reflect the contribution made by ERCIM to the European Community in Information Technology and Applied Mathematics. Through short articles and news items, it provides a forum for the exchange of information between the institutes and also with the wider scien- tific community. This issue has a circulation of about 8,500 copies.
This special theme section on "Big Data" has been coordinated by Stefan Manegold, Martin Kersten from CWI, The Netherlands, and Costantino Thanos from ISTI-CNR, Italy. This article was published in April 2012 edition of ERCIM NEWS, Number 89. It can be found on page 10 - 11.
Big data' refers to data sets whose size is beyond the capabilities of the current database technology. The current data deluge is revolutionizing the way research is carried out and resulting in the emergence of a new fourth paradigm of science based on data-intensive computing. This new data-dominated science will lead to a new data-centric way of conceptualizing, organizing and carrying out research activities which could lead to an introduction of new approaches to solve problems that were previously considered extremely hard or, in some cases, impossible to solve and also lead to serendipitous discoveries.