University College London (UCL) and STM publisher Elsevier will establish the UCL Big Data Institute as part of a new collaboration to explore innovative ways to better serve needs of researchers through the exploration of new technologies and analytics as applied to scholarly content and data.
Elsevier believes linking analytics and scientific content is one of the key enablers to better serve scientists and the company will fund research and studentships through the new Institute, offering exciting new opportunities to research the analysis, use and storage of big data.
The new Institute will complement Elsevier's recent acquisition of Mendeley, a company that operates a global research management and collaboration platform in the heart of east London's tech start-up community, and Elsevier's recent investment into building a London-based world-class web analytics group. Elsevier will establish a Centre of Excellence within the web analytics group in connection with the Institute, co-staffed with UCL researchers looking at areas outlined earlier. This will offer employment as well as commercialisation activities in collaboration with UCL Business and UCL Consultants.
UCL has a wide range of other research activities and joint initiatives within the broad and expanding area of big data and research analytics. To fully realise the synergy between these initiatives through the sharing of insights and resources, UCL is developing a Research Domain for "e-Research". UCL plans to have a connected community, from particle physics to digital humanities, sharing insights into better use of large computational resources in research. The Big Data Institute will be a key addition to that family of activities.
UCL will have access to Elsevier's world-class research data and enterprise-level technology, opening up new research possibilities with a broad range of applications. One such proven, open source big data technology, HPCC, is being used by Elsevier in the ScienceDirect platform, and across Elsevier's parent company Reed Elsevier.