Raw material of the future

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life cycle of data

Data is sometimes called the raw material of the future. Compared to other raw materials, the problem here is not that data is becoming scarcer; in fact, the opposite is true. One of the consequences of collecting and storing vast amounts of data every day is a massive increase in CO2 emissions. Moreover, the act of collecting data doesn’t in itself mean that the data adds value. What we need is a sustainable approach to handling data as a raw material, which can be described using the data life cycle.

“Fraunhofer IIS is one of the few institutes that is capable of tracking and researching the entire data life cycle. We consider the data life cycle to be comparable with the life cycle of products: as well as data collection, transmission and integration, it also includes data analysis and optimization and ultimately data interpreting and utilization. In this context, the topic of recycling is of course relevant: that is, the question as to which data can be reused and how to do so usefully in a resource-efficient way.”

Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin,
Management of the Institute Fraunhofer IIS


Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin, Fraunhofer IIS director, responsible for the Positioning and Networks as well as the Supply Chain Services research areas