SoBigData, a research infrastructure funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, offers datasets from various institutions in multiple research fields, such as mathematics, information and communications technology, and human, social and economic sciences.
SoBigData is organized as a consortium of 12 research institutions from 7 member countries of the European Union (Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland). The consortium offers some of its data to researchers on a publicly available portal that is organized by the 5 "exploratories" that they run. SoBigData's current exploratories (City of Citizens, Well-being and Economy, Societal Debates, Migration Studies, and Sports Data Science) are thematic environments for cross-disciplinary research. The consortium also offers additional datasets and expert support through Virtual and Transnational Access exploratory and open project calls.
SoBigData's Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem is a research infrastructure that is designed to provide an ecosystem for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced social data mining. The consortium of research insitutions hopes to create a pan-European, interdisciplinary community of researchers who can improve their work through data access, training, networking, and innovation activities. The research conducted through SoBigData's initiative additionally hopes to impact other institutions like non-profit organizations, government bodies, funders, private sector businesses and policy makers.