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Obama Administration Unveils $200M Big Data R&D Initiative
White House "Big Data" Rollout
On Thursday, March 29, the Obama Administration unveiled details about its Big Data R&D Initiative, committing more than $200 million in new funding through six agencies and departments to improve “our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data.”
The effort, spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science, and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), seeks 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.”
The first wave of commitments to support the Big Data Initiative features a new joint solicitation of up to $25 million supported by NSF and NIH – Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science and Engineering (BIGDATA) – that will advance foundational research in Big Data.
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