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Title: Big Data as a Service from an Urban Information System

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Big Data has already proven itself as a valuable tool that lets geographers and urban researchers utilize large data re- sources to generate new insights. However, wider adoption of Big Data techniques in these areas is impeded by a number of difficulties in both knowledge discovery and data and sci- ence production. Typically users face such problems as dis- parate and scattered data, data management, spatial search- ing, insufficient computational capacity for data-driven anal- ysis and modelling, and the lack of tools to quickly visual- ize and summarize large data and analysis results. Here we propose an architecture for an Urban Information Sys- tem (UrbIS) that mitigates these problems by utilizing the Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) concept. With technolog- ical roots in High-performance Computing (HPC), BDaaS is based on the idea of outsourcing computations to dif- ferent computing paradigms, scalable to super-computers. UrbIS aims to incorporate federated metadata search, in- tegrated modeling and analysis, and geovisualization into a single seamless workflow. The system is under active devel- opment and is built around various emerging technologies that include hybrid and NoSQL databases, massively par- allel systems, GPGPU computing, and WebGL-based geo- graphic visualization. UrbIS is designed to facilitate using Big Data across multiple cities to better understand how ur- ban areas impact the environment and how climate change and other environmental change impact urban areas.

Research Organization:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Resource Relation:
Conference: ACMGIS 2016 - San-Francisco, California, United States of America - 11/1/2016 12:00:00 AM-11/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
Country of Publication:
United States