Obama administration unveiled a Big Data Research and Development Initiative with $200 million

April 4, 2012
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(This article was first published on RDataMining, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Yanchang Zhao, RDataMining.com

Obama administration unveiled a Big Data Research and Development Initiative with $200 million on March 29, 2012, to improve the ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data. Six Federal departments and agencies are involved to to improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data, and transform the ability to use Big Data for scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, and national security.

The Big Data initiative aims to:
- Advance state-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data.
- Harness these technologies to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and transform teaching and learning; and
- Expand the workforce needed to develop and use Big Data technologies.

It includes:
- National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health – Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering;
- Department of Defense – Data to Decisions;
- National Institutes of Health – 1,000 Genomes Project Data Available on Cloud;
- Department of Energy – Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing; and
- US Geological Survey – Big Data for Earth System Science.

More details are available at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/big_data_press_release.pdf
and
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/big_data_fact_sheet.pdf.


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