Looking ahead


Parallel Coordinates visualization of the Wine dataset
Parallel Coordinates visualization of the Wine dataset before and after AXLE

2014 promises to be a busy year on the AXLE Project. The end of the projects’s first year saw the partners in a strong position: our project deliverables were all on time and progress had been made in all areas – even if it wasn’t quite what we had expected!

Based on the results of last year, three academic papers are underway and we hope that these will be published within the next 6 months. Partners will also be attending various “big data” events this year and speaking about our progress to date, with a view to encouraging further discussion and research opportunities.

Although much of the project’s work is not at a stage where it can be shared, we will keep updating the website and the big data community as and when we can. Please keep an eye out for further posts

AXLE General Assembly 9th and 10th October 2013

Amsterdam GAThe AXLE Project’s second General Assembly took place in Amsterdam. The two-day meeting was very productive and was well attended by all partners. The agenda was tightly packed, and covered partner overviews, work package updates and an Industrial Advisory Body (IAB) review.

The IAB review was very well received by all partners, and focused on the results that might be of interest to the industry at large. The partners were in agreement that the AXLE project will be of great benefit to the database management sector (and many others).

The partners were rewarded for their efforts with a delicious meal on board a canal boat which provided a fascinating tour of Amsterdam. Being in such close confines with each other was a great way to get to know one another better. There is an easy rapport amongst the partners and this is evident in both social settings and around the conference table.

AXLE General Assembly 17th and 18th April 2013

Barcelona Supercomputing Center hosted the AXLE project’s first General Assembly on 17th and 18th April 2013, and provided an opportunity for all 5 partners to celebrate the achievements made in the first six months of the project. These included procuring most of the hardware needed for the project and the launch of the project website.

With a busy agenda, the conference was a time of partner updates, problem solving sessions and strategising. The partners agreed a strategy of dissemination to provide ongoing information about the project across several media, the first of which was a press release at the end of April which announced the AXLE project to the online database community.

An evening tour of the Casa Batllo (http://www.casabatllo.es – a Gaudi architectural masterpiece) was an excellent backdrop against which the partners could relax and learn more about one another.

And a visit to The Barcelona Supercomputing Center was a great way to start the final day. Very interesting juxtapositioning of massive hardware and religious architecture.

This two day meeting further enhanced partner understanding of the project, and one another, clearly illustrating the power and importance of collaborative projects.

AXLE Kick Off Meeting 1st and 2nd November 2012

A very successful and informative Kick Off meeting was held in Heathrow, London, UK with 17 attendees from all 5 partners. Each partner introduced their organisation, people and why they are a partner in the AXLE project, as well as initial discussions of the plan of action for each Work Package.

On the first evening everyone attended a celebratory meal in Eton, and enjoyed getting to know the team.