University of Tartu (UT) is the largest Estonian University (17000 students and 1800 academic staff) and the highest-ranked University in the Baltic States according to the Times Higher Education survey. UT’s Institute of Computer Science conducts research in the fields of data mining, software engineering, distributed systems, bioinformatics and computational neuroscience. The Institute is the main research partner of the Estonian Software Technology and Applications Competence Centre (STACC), an R&D centre that conducts industry-driven research in the fields of software engineering and data mining in collaboration with 9 industry partners. Among other topics, the centre conducts research in the field of social network analysis (with Microsoft/Skype) and with the Estonian e-health foundation.
Role in the Project
UT will contribute to the RI e-government data, as well as being involved in trans-national access to help European researchers to make best use of their expertise in working with this kind of data. They will also act as the SoBigData contact point for researchers from the Baltic states and Eastern Europe, who are some of the target beneficiaries of transnational and virtual access, due to the limited resources they tend to have at their own institutions. UT will also contribute methods to the SoBigData RI and be involved in training and community building events.
Infrastructure brought into the project
UT’s Institute of Computer Science will provide an inter-linked dataset of Web service descriptions covering, among others, the entire Estonian e-government infrastructure (X-Road). The institute will also provide data on service usage of Estonian e-government and e-health services and data related to societal and economic development in Estonia during the past decade. This research infrastructure will allow researchers in the network to study the actual impact of e-government service usage in Estonia on broader societal issues, as well as the potential impact of wider e-government service adoption in other countries.