Big push for Big Data

With a brand new Center for Big Data Analysis, the ambition is to become a leader in Big Data in Norway. 

By Andreas R. Graven

The new centre will be led by physicist and mathematician Klaus Johannsen, who is research director at Uni Research Computing. (Photograph: Andreas R. Graven) 

As the name implies, Big Data is about large data volumes. But just as important are the opportunities that emerge to combine and analyse a huge amount of unstructured and structured information at high speed – and in a very advanced manner. The purpose is to reveal completely new relationships.

“This will be of great value not only for industry, but also for science,” says Klaus Johansen, who will head the centre when it is established on 1 January 2015.

Big Data is on the rise in Europa, and is most widespread in England and Germany so far. Johansen believes that in the time ahead Big Data will be important to come up with new solutions, knowledge and commercial opportunities in Norway too.

Managing Director Aina Berg believes the timing to for focusing on Big Data in Norway and at Uni Research is right:

“The opportunities in our research fields – climate, health, energy, the environment and society – are huge. The same applies to opportunities for working with industry on research-based services,” she says.

Sept. 26, 2014, 9:17 a.m.

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