Helix Nebula and the view from space

Wolfgang Lengert of the European Space Agency talks to International Science Grid This Week about big data and the Helix Nebula project

The Helix Nebula project brings together leading IT providers with three of Europe's largest research centres: CERN, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The project aims to develop a cloud-computing infrastructure, initially based on the needs of European IT-intense scientific research organizations, but taking into account the needs of governments, businesses and citizens.

Eventually the project aims to provide sustainable cloud services for research communities - a "Science Cloud."

Last month, the European Space Agency (ESA) in Frascati, Italy, played host to an event titled "Big data from space". Wolfgang Lengert, manager of two separate Earth-observation satellite missions at ESA, spoke to International Science Grid This Week about the Helix Nebula and the challenges of Big data.

Read the interview: "View from above: A planet brimming with data" - International Science Grid This Week