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Helix Nebula @ Target Conference about Probing Big Data for Answers, 3-5 April 2013, Groningen, Netherlands

Mick Symonds of Atos attended and presented Helix Nebula at the Target conference, “Probing Big Data for answers”, in Groningen, The Netherlands, on Thursday 4 April 2013. The presentation was entitled “Helix Nebula – hosting Big Data for European Science”, and addressed the three following subjects:
- the background of Helix Nebula,
- a case study; the forthcoming Euclid space mission, for which Atos is proposing data management approaches,
- what does Helix Nebula aim to offer by the use of Big Data and Information management services.
Target is one of the largest on-going public-private projects in the Netherlands, in the area of large-scale data management and information systems. The project focuses on research and development of innovative intelligent information systems, that can efficiently process data and extract information from extremely large and structurally diverse datasets.
Based on the partnership of research institutions, local and global IT businesses, Target has set up an expertise centre in Groningen, for data management of (inter)national science projects in the area of astronomy, life sciences and artificial intelligence, as well as a number of innovative commercial applications in the field of information technologies.
Target also manages and maintains the second largest academic computer centre in the Netherlands hosted by the Donald Smits' Centre, for Information Technology at the University of Groningen.
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