The development of technology over the years has provided the opportunity to collect and store more and more data from many different sources. It has become clear that this mounting volume of data could provide valuable information if it were analyzed in an appropriate way.
One of the challenges with the collection of big data is firstly one of sheer volume which makes it difficult to store and retrieve without adequate technological resources. Another problem is the quality of the data itself, as much has been collected without proper editing and control. This leads to large amounts of “dirty data” being available. In other words the veracity of the data is of prime importance.
Another issue is the speed at which the new data arrives and so it is difficult to have an accurate analysis of data arriving from many different sources reflecting different timescales. Finally the differing sources often produce data of different format and content leading to difficulties in analysis.
All of the above make a case for the introduction of standards for “Big Data”. The Horizon 2020 AquaSmart Project (URL: http://www.aquasmartdata.eu) addresses these real problems that aquaculture producers’ face and ultimately it aims to help fish farmers to:
- Lower production costs.
- Improve profitability.
- Improve operational efficiency.
- Carry out business in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.
In this way we are delighted to be involved in the AquaSmart project. The AquaSmart Project helps fish farmers to transform captured data into knowledge and use this newly acquired knowledge to dramatically improve performance, as well as supporting the production and benchmarking process through secure access to global data, thus making predictive analysis a reality for the fish farmers.
The AquaSmart project is researching the potential for standards for Big Data for the Aquaculture Sector. ISO, the International Standards Organisation, and CEN, the European Standards Body, have Big Data on their agenda as a possible area suitable for the development of a standards-based approach. Big Data holds out significant opportunity for enhanced aquaculture production in the coming year, and AquaSmart is leading the way in data-driven analytics for the aquaculture sector.
Chairman, Q-Validus Ltd.
Chairman CEN Workshop on ICT Skills