The public and commercial sectors are continuously generating large amounts of data. These data, 'big data', represent a significant resource for society; they can provide a powerful discovery tool for researchers, enabling them to gain valuable insight, but present great challenges for reuse in terms of volume and complexity. Researchers need the right framework to understand these complex data and to maximise their potential.
As part of Phase 2 of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Big Data Network (BDN2), the UK Data Service has established a dedicated Big Data Network Support team (BDNS) to enable researchers to make the most of these data for knowledge exchange and impact.
What will we do?
BDNS will support and coordinate activities between three dedicated Research Centres focusing on Business and Local Government Data. These are: the Urban Big Data Centre, the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and the Consumer Data Research Centre. You can find out more on our Centres page .
Our objectives are to:
By 2017, the UK Data Service BDNS will have:
Principal Investigator: Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Archive and Director of the UK Data Service
Lead: Nathan Cunningham, Functional Director, Big Data Network Support
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Project dates: January 2014 - September 2017