Management of scientific Big Data poses challenges at all stages of the data life cycle – acquisition, ingest, access, replication, preservation, etc. For scientific communities the data exploration – commonly considered as the 4th pillar besides experiment, theory and simulation – is of utmost importance to gain new scientific insights and knowledge. At this symposium, organized by the portfolio extension “Large Scale Data Management and Analysis” (LSDMA) of the German Helmholtz Alliance, international experts address topics on Big Data analysis and beyond. The opening keynote will be given by Beth Plale, Director of the Data To Insight Center at Indiana University; the closing keynote by Sayeed Choudhury, Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at Johns Hopkins University. Leif Laksonen, CSC, will provide a recent update on the Research Data Alliance (RDA). The symposium also provides a common platform for discussions, identifying new perspectives and getting in contact with LSDMA.