Herrenhäuser Konferenz: Big Data in a Transdisciplinary Perspective

Beginn: 25. März 2015, 14:00 Uhr | Ende: 27. März 2015, 15:00 Uhr | Schloss Herrenhausen

On March 25-27, 2015, researchers and international experts met in Hannover for a Herrenhausen Conference on "Big Data".

Zum Veranstaltungsbericht: "Big Data in a Transdisciplinary Perspective"

Large amounts of data, a variety of sources, high speed production, but also high speed processing - these are the basic characteristics of Big Data. The amount of data that is generated and collected in each second grows exponentially. The management of Big Data, the intelligent use of large, heterogeneous data sets, is becoming increasingly important for competition. It is affecting all sectors - industry and academia but also the public sector. While the economy is exploring Big Data as a new gold mine, politicians are fighting over the problem of data capitalism, whereas science tackles the question of cross-disciplinary benefits, as well as on the challenges and the likely consequences for technology, innovation, and society.

The focus of the Herrenhausen Conference on Big Data was laid on open questions, unsolved problems, and future perspectives. It did not focus on a particular discipline but provided a transdisciplinary forum for Big Data researchers. We discussed the challenges and consequences of Big Data research for society as well as innovation and technology, addressed the influence on economics as well as the legal framework and closed on the challenges for research and research funding in the field of Big Data.

Audio: Keynote Speech "Big Data in the Arts and in the Humanities", Andrew Prescott

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Andrew Prescott is Professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow and Theme Leader Fellow for the "Digital Transformations" strategic theme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the United Kingdom. Andrew tweets as @ajprescott and his blog is digitalriffs.blogspot.com.

Audio: Keynote Speech "Data, Scholarship, and Disciplinary Practice", Christine L. Borgman

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Christine L. Borgman is Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA and the author of more than 200 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery, a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and U.S. Co-Chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and Attribution.

Audio: Keynote Speech "Ignore the Facts, Forget the Facts: European Principles in an Era of Big Data", Nikolaus Forgó

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Nikolaus Forgó is full professor for Legal Informatics and IT-Law at the University of Hanover, Co-Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics (www.iri.uni-hannover.de), and Member of the Board of the interdisciplinary research centre L3S (www.l3s.de). He has been constantly doing research, teaching, and consulting on all ICT-related legal issues, with particular focus on privacy, intellectual property, and data security. He is regularly consulting public institutions such as the European Commission on ICT-related issues.

Audio: Keynote Speech "Big Data and Challenges for Research and Research Funding", Volker Markl

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Volker Markl is a Full Professor and Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) as well as an adjunct status-only professor at the University of Toronto. He has published numerous research papers on indexing, query optimization, lightweight information integration, and scalable data processing. He holdsseven patents, has transferred technology into several commercial products, and advises several companies and startups. He was recently elected as one of Germany’s leading "digital minds" (Digitale Köpfe) by the German Informatics Society.

Program Advisory Committee

  • Dietmar Harhoff, Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER), Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation
  • Thomas Lippert, Director, Institute for Advanced Simulation, and Head, Jülich Supercomputing Centre
  • Volker Markl, Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management, University of Berlin (TU)
  • Arnold Picot, Research Center for Information, Organization and Management (IOM), University of Munich (LMU)
  • Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Amir Zeldes, Asstistant Professor of Computational Linguistics, Georgetown University

Herrenhausen Conferences

With its Herrenhausen Conferences the Volkswagen Foundation provides international experts as well as junior researchers with a platform for an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on exciting new areas of research and innovative methodological approaches. The main focus of the conferences does lie on the current challenges faced by each research area rather than on further in-depth discussions and analyses of individual well-established topics. We are interested in unanswered questions and unsolved problems - and in the respective research field's relevance for society. Please find the upcoming Herrenhausen Conferences in our Calender of Events.