Big data offers new possibilities for producing environmental information

News 2018-05-09 at 13:07
Poika kiikaroi
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Big data is opening up new channels for the production and utilisation of environmental information. It also offers environmental officials new possibilities to work together with citizens, business and industry, and the public sector according to Big data and environmental knowledge - a report put out by the European Environmental Agency (EEA).

Traditional methods for producing information have been joined by new channels, such as satellites, internet search engines, and social media networks. With their help it is possible to make environmental information produced by ordinary citizens, for example, more easily available to research.

"The handling of new kinds of information, ensuring high quality, and reporting set challenges and require new methods. Also needed are practical examples of information management. These kinds of pilot projects can be implemented among EEA and entities specialised, for example, in the analysis of big data", says Per Mickwitz of the Finnish Environment Institute who serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the EEA.

The Big data and environmental knowledge report is based on a seminar by the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, at which there were discussions on big data and its impact on the production of environmental information.

Big data involves collecting, storing, distributing, searching for, analysing, and presenting very large masses of information that have not been organised and are constantly on the increase.

Further information:

Research Director Per Mickwitz, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
tel. +358 295 251 426,


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