European Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data

The European Commission is calling on national governments to wake up to what it terms the "big data" revolution in order to embrace the potential that it can offer. It has now adopted a series of measures that it hopes will help in the collection and exploitation of data. The main actions include a Big Data public-private partnership that funds "game-changing" big data ideas, in areas such as personalised medicine and food logistics; the creation of an open data incubator; the proposal of new rules on data ownership and liability of data provision for data gather via machine-to-machine communication; mapping of data standards; establishing a series of Supercomputing Centres of Excellence to increase number of skilled data workers in Europe; and create a network of data processing facilities in different Member States. The Commission will also continue its work on expanding its investment in 5G technology. Release