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The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

Helix Nebula @ Big Data in Science Workshop, 5-7 November 2012, London

Bob Jones (CERN), Maryline Lengert (ESA) and Michael Symonds (ATOS) will present Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud at "Big Data in Science" Workshop, Science and Technology Dpt, French Embassy in London, November 2012.

Managing scientific data has been already identified as one of the most important emerging needs by the scientific community. In the mean time, the ability for companies to manage large amounts of datasets is now considered as a key factor for innovation. The private sector now commonly referred this trend by the term “Big Data”. In Research we used to speak about e-Science, which designate computationally intensive science. Both terms deal with the concept that science and enterprises are now progressing in a data intensive environment, with datasets that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems and come from many different sources. Big Data sizes are a constantly moving target currently ranging from a few dozen terabytes to many petabytes of data in a single data set and the difficulties include capture, storage, search, sharing, analytics and visualizing. In that context, research and Innovation will not only depend on new data center facilities and new cloud computing infrastructures but also on tools, standards and people able to manage the workflows of data from their capture and storage to their analysis, visualisation and sharing.

Therefore, the Science and Technology Department of the French Embassy has proposed to organize a workshop on “Big Data in Science” with a French-British perspective. The workshop will discuss how research organisations handle the Big Data issues.



Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.