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Scalable end-user access to Big Data is critical for effective data analysis and value creation. Optique will bring about a paradigm shift for data access:
- by providing a semantic end-to-end connection between users and data sources;
- enabling users to rapidly formulate intuitive queries using familiar vocabularies and conceptualisations;
- seamlessly integrating data spread across multiple distributed data sources, including streaming sources;
- exploiting massive parallelism for scalability far beyond traditional RDBMSs and thus reducing the turnaround time for information requests to minutes rather than days.
These objectives will be achieved by bringing together leading experts and cutting edge technology from diverse communities to develop an extensible platform that will provide a complete and generic solution to the data access challenges posed by Big Data.