Rolls-Royce launches Emer2gent, an alliance to hasten economic recovery from coronavirus using data analytics

venturebeat.com | April 17, 2020

An alliance of companies led by Rolls-Royce will work to develop new ways to support businesses and governments as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, the automaker announced this morning. Google Cloud, IBM, the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Truata, the Data City, and ODI Leeds have pledged to join Emer2gent, which will combine traditional economic, business, travel and retail data sets with behavior and sentiment data to provide new insights into — and applications to support — global recovery from the novel coronavirus.Members of Emer2gent will chiefly focus on data publication, data analytics, and collaborative infrastructure. The models they develop will identify lead indicators of economic recovery cycles, with the goal of getting people and businesses back to work. Organizations and governments will be able to use the alliance’s insights to make decisions, such as investments or policies, that could shorten or limit the recessionary impacts from the pandemic.To kickstart the effort, Emer2gent set up a website for potential members to register their interest. Google Cloud says it will provide Google Cloud Public Datasets and Google Cloud BigQuery and IBM plans to make available its Data Science Elite consultancy and services that include IBM Cloud Pak for Data. And the Leeds Institute will offer secure data infrastructure, scientific expertise, and access to global academic research networks.The first challenges were issued to the community this week, and all of the alliance’s outcomes and models will be published for free on the website’s blog and on GitHub. Personally identifiable information contained within the data sets will be anonymized, according to R2 Data Labs global director Caroline Gorski.

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Nullafi | May 31, 2022

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