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Big Data Initiatives From SAP Help Protect The Planet And Global Food Supply

LONDON, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to improve people's lives, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced initiatives that aim to use Big Data to help better understand the planet's diversity and enhance food safety. The initiatives intend to use the SAP HANA® platform to collect and analyze data to help crowdsource the identification and analysis of species globally as well as identify fraud in the global food supply. The announcement was made at the SAP Big Data for Industries Influencer Event, being held July 10 in London.
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Big Data Crowdsourcing Project Helps Better Understand the Planet's Diversity The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project involves a consortium of institutions building a database containing DNA barcodes for every species on the planet. The database currently hosts more than 400,000 species. However to identify all the species on the planet, estimated at anywhere between 10 million to 100 million species, the International Barcode of Life project is looking to expand the number of people contributing to the research.

The urgency of this task is clear as species are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate. To help tackle the problem, SAP and the International Barcode of Life project collaborated to build the LifeScanner application, available on iTunes to crowdsource the collection and analysis of all of this information. LifeScanner is an application that anyone can use on an iPhone to collect a tissue sample or whole organism, send it off for analysis and get the species identification using DNA barcodes from anywhere on the globe. The application uses SAP® SQL Anywhere® solutions to ensure data integrity and that it works in places where there may not be network connectivity.

The SAP University Alliances program plans to help crowdsource the analysis of data collected through the LifeScanner application. The published DNA barcode data is intended to be made available to researchers and students for analysis and to be accessed through SAP HANA, SAP® Lumira® software as well as other third-party analytics tools. The SAP University Alliances program's global network includes more than 1500 universities in more than 80 countries worldwide.

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