The ERCIM White paper on Big Data Analysis puts forward our vision of Big Data Analytics in Europe, based on the fair use of big data with the development of associated policies and standards, as well as on empowering citizens,
whose digital traces are recorded in the data. The first step towards such objective is the creation of a
European ecosystem for Big Data Analytics-as-a-service, based on a Federated Trusted Open
Analytical Platform for Knowledge Acceleration. The goal is to yield a data and knowledge
infrastructure providing to citizens, scientists, institutions and businesses: (i) access to data and
knowledge services, (ii) access to analytical services and results, within a framework of policies for
access and sharing based on the values of privacy, trust, individual empowerment and public good.