BYTE Final Conference: Industry Keynote: Freddy Lecue, Accenture Technology Labs, Ireland

February 2017

In the first industry keynote of the conference, Freddy Lécué of Accenture Technology Labs and Inria, demonstrated a new tool for traffic modelling and urban decision support. The tool was developed with IBM using Watson, and was piloted in Dublin, Bologna, Miami and Rio. The system specifically responds to the fact that most existing traffic systems can only handle one type of data and can only model traffic patterns, not integrate additional data that can provide explanation or correlation for the patterns recognised. Instead, the new tool with diagnostic reasoning can integrate social media data, weather data and roadworks information to help diagnose the cause of adverse traffic conditions. However, in all cases, Lécué cautioned that it was always necessary to involve domain experts and data experts and include an expectation that messy, incomplete data will always form part of any complex data analytics project.

BYTE final conference: Big data in health care panel blog post

February 2017

A session on Big data practice in healthcare kicked off the panel discussions at the BYTE Final Conference in London on 9 February 2017. The popular session delved into some of the challenges presented by health data analytics, as well as highlighting the potential uses of health data to produce many benefits for citizens and society. Dr. Hywel Williams of GOSGene, University of London, discussed “Data Challenges in Genomic Medicine.” This was followed by a discussion on “Healthcare & big data: public interest, personal health and privacy protection” by Paul van der Wal of NIDAP Research. Both panellists shared practical insights with audience members on a variety of topical issues relevant to their work in the field. Their presentations will be available shortly via the BYTE website.

BYTE Final Conference: Big data in Crisis Informatics panel

February 2017

There were two talks in the session on data practices in crisis response. In the first talk, Dimitris Drakoulis presented the work “Enhanced situation awareness and decision support for large, crowded facilities”. In the case of an emergency situation in a large facility such as a stadium or an ocean liner, there is a short time to evacuate, and visitors require precise instructions. Dimitris presented several solutions that its company (Telesto Technologies) provides. In terms of infrastructure, different types of sensors, cameras and beacons are installed in the facility, while a safety app is available to visitors for obtaining personalized instructions in case of an emergency. Nevertheless, the evacuation plan must also take into account those visitors who had not installed the app. The second talk was given by Zoltán Székely with the title “The H2020 Smart Resilience project and an example on Big Data for resilience indicators”. Zoltan presented the preliminary results of the Smart Resilience project about the challenges posed with smart infrastructures and the need to propose new resilience frameworks and their evaluation.

BYTE Final Conference: Industry Keynote: Marc Engels – Big data as new gold for industry

February 2017

In his keynote, Marc Engels, COO of Flanders Make (, addressed the question whether (big) data is the new gold for industry. Flanders Make is the Flemish manufacturing innovation network.

For Flanders Make data has potential value as actionable knowledge by

  • optimising operations (e.g. preventing down-time of machinery with predictive maintenance),
  • providing better products (e.g. data collected with smart cars leading to perception improvement) and
  • developing better business models (e.g. pro-active maintenance allowing producers of printers to lease their products more efficiently).

However, turning data into actionable knowledge is a challenge best addressed by firms themselves. They know how data is collected, how it might be flawed and most importantly how it can be interpreted and used in a meaningful way.

BYTE Final Conference: Environmental innovation in Europe

February 2017

The afternoon program of the BYTE Final Conference in London on 9 February 2017 included a session on Environmental innovation in Europe. The well attended session covered interesting implications of the relationship between big data, open policies, and management of environmental resources. David Cameron, of the Sirius Innovation Center at the University of Oslo presented on Scalable data access: lower cost, higher impact environmental compliance, particularly in the oil & gas sector. Osamu Ochiai, member of the GEO Secretariat, elaborated on The challenge – Earth Observation data and information for the 2030 Agenda. Lastly, Samuel Schauss from SNCF discussed the Maturity in big data from the viewpoint of a public transport provider. Their presentations, which engaged the audience in a lively discussion, will be available shortly via the BYTE website.

BYTE Final Conference: Closing Keynote, Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer of the City of Amsterdam

February 2017

Caroline Nevejan gave the final keynote at the BYTE conference. She described the work of Amsterdam, as well as five other Dutch cities, to assess the natural rhythms of their cities. The work is also sponsored by the Amsterdam Advanced Metropolitan Solutions Institute (AMS) an international collaboration between Dutch universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The sense of health, welfare, safety and well-being in districts is critically dependent on how the natural flows and natural patterns of urban life. Dissatisfaction and distress occurs whenever there is a mismatch between the urban character, or between groups of citizens, in a district. The speech was illustrated with specific examples of art, culture and ethnography. Caroline described outreach efforts involving classical Indian musicians (Sirishkumar Manji) to get city administrators and citizens to think more openly and creatively about the rhythm of city life. She also described how Dutch cities are increasingly utilizing both microdata and novel sources of sensor data. Dutch microdata is collected from household-level surveys, and is both open for research, as well as carefully monitored for appropriate use by the Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics. A variety of other sources, including insurance data, social media, traffic switches, OpenStreetMaps, cell phone use, and open measures of place visits collected from website aggregators are also increasingly being used. These sources, both microdata and novel data sources, are increasingly used in an effort to deploy big data technologies to design and enhance the quality of urban life.

The Big Data Roadmap Workshop

img_2906September 2017

On September 19th-20th, the Byte project held a session at Global Forum in Eindhoven. Participants took part in BYTE’s central production: the Big Data Roadmap. This workshop focused on a policy roadmap and followed the previous workshop on a research roadmap collocated with the European Data Forum 2016 in Eindhoven. During the workshop, participants were[…]




Stakeholders discuss how to address positive and negative impacts of big data in the research roadmapping workshop

July 2016

One of the primary goals of the BYTE project is to devise a research and policy roadmap that provides incremental steps necessary to achieve the BYTE vision and guidelines to assist industry and scientists to address externalities in order to improve innovation and competitiveness.[…]



img_2193BYTE and Big data Europe to co-lead interactive session on positive and negative impacts of big data at the BDVA Small Big Data Summit.

March 2016

 BYTE, in conjunctionwith Big Data Europe, will host an interactive working session on  “Multidisciplinary aspects of big data in Europe” at the BDVA Small Big Data Summit to be held at the Hague, the Netherlands, from 2 & 3 March 2016.  […]



Evaluating and addressing societal externalities of big datacrrwamguwaaiabu

October 2015

The BYTE-project has made a comprehensive evaluation of the societal externalities and of best practices to address these externalities within the BYTE case studies.  The evaluation findings are presented in D4.2 Evaluating and addressing positive and negative societal externalities. The report reveals a broad agenda for policy-makers […]



crrfl3jwwaaxqvrBYTE presents the positive and negative impacts of Big Data across sectors in Dublin

October 2015

 The BYTE project is exploring scientific and industrial organizations in Europe to gain a greater understanding of the positive and negative externalities associated with Big Data. In our last workshop at the NDRC in Dublin, the results of this research were presented, including: […]



Vienna Workshop

BYTE meets the Big and Open Data community in Vienna in the European Data Economy Workshop

September 2015

On 15th of September the BYTE partners attended the European Data Economy Workshop to present the last outcomes of the project and discuss on the most important activities around the European Data Economy with stakeholders from the Big and Open Data community.  Big Data Externalities presentation: […]



All BYTE Deliverables are now available on Zenodo.bytelogo

September 2015

Zenodo is an open access research depository, which enables the BYTE consortium to share and preserve the BYTE deliverables and make them accessible beyond the duration of the project.  Please visit the BYTE Zenodo page to browse, view and/or download all our deliverables.[…]



semanticsJoin BYTE in the European Data Economy Workshop – Focus Data Value Chain & Big Data

September 2015

When?: 15th of September 2015, 09.00am to 13.00pm CEST Where?: University of Economics Vienna, Campus, TC Lecture Hall 1 (see: room plan) Find out more: Description of the workshop This workshop is organized back2back to the SEMANTiCS2015 conference, taking place 16-17 of September at the University of Economics Vienna, Austria in the 11th edition this year. It […]



bytelogoHorizontal analysis of societal externalities of big data

September 2015

The BYTE-project presents a horizontal analysis in D4.1 of the case studies it has undertaken of positive and negative externalities in the use of big data. The practices involving big data show a wide variety in characteristics and maturity. Technical challenges often are the translation of societal externalities. 4 main categories of societal externalities were […]




BYTE session at the 4th GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshop

March 2015

BYTE representatives attended the 4th GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshop, held on March 24-26 2015, in Norfolk (VA), USA. There they gathered first-hand feedback from the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) community, which contributed to the BYTE environment case study on Earth and space observation portals and associated initiatives. For a decade now,[…]