Data is the raw material of the 21st century. It is likely that the big societal problems cannot be managed without tackling huge amounts of data. This not only means challenges, but also offers opportunities. Future-oriented technologies, especially "Green IT", can be developed and tested using the stream of astronomical data - free of data protection requirements - and brought to market. At the same time, the results provide exciting research at the forefront of space exploration.

The methods developed in B3D for processing big data streams, for imaging, noise reduction, or green IT should find application far beyond astronomy in data-driven areas of science and industry. B3D is an idea incubator for artificial intelligence, visualisation of big data, sustainable data processing and for the curation of data.