Behind the Big Data buzz

From scientific breakthroughs to business opportunities, the key to harnessing the data revolution is mindset.

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Machine Learning will help speed the Big Data revolution

The Machine Learning and Perception group at Microsoft Research Cambridge is developing techniques and tools that will make it possible to work across disparate datasets to unlock the value in Big Data.


“Let Big Data fuel the economy,” says Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes

“The amazing thing about Big Data is not the sheer volume, but what we can do with it,” says Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President in charge of the Digital Agenda.



Webinar with Big Data expert John Wood, co-chair of Europe's new Research Data Alliance

Learn more about this global technology trend and the opportunities created by Big Data applications across research, healthcare & business


European activities in the field


Public sector information is the single largest source of information in Europe and its estimated market value is €32 billion. The public sector information directive would make this data available for transparent re-use which could generate new businesses and jobs and give consumers more choice and more value for money. More

Microsoft activities in the field


Text - Microsoft is one of the largest users of “Big Data” technologies. We use them in many of our products from Bing to Kinect. At Microsoft Research, scientists and engineers are pushing the boundaries of computing in big data and machine learning. Click here to find out more about some of the research projects they are involved in.