Big Data Research Exhibition

15th Jul 2014
The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and Research Councils UK (RCUK) hosted an interactive exhibition on the latest developments in UK Big Data research.

There has been a recent surge in the generation of data, with an estimated 90% of all the world's data being produced in the last two years. This has led to the development of the term 'Big Data' which describes large or complex datasets that cannot be readily stored and analysed using conventional databases and computers.

RCUK is currently investing in unlocking the potential of Big Data, providing new insights ranging from health and food security, to the development and evaluation of Government policy.

SPHERE was invited by the EPSRC to present the project to members of parliament. Attendees were impressed by the scope of the project and they were interested in hearing how the IRC is tackling data security and ethical issues related to health data obtained by novel technologies.  SPHERE is working with clinicians, social care professionals, ethics experts, designers and most importantly members of the public to develop technologies that are co-created by users, follow stringent ethical guidelines, solve real healthcare problems in a cost-effective way and that generate knowledge that will change clinical practice.

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