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Friday, March 30, 2012

Administration to Announce “Big Data” R&D Initiative

Today, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the American Association for the Advancement of Science will host researchers from a number of fields. These researchers are generating extremely large and complicated data sets, commonly referred to as “big data.” A wealth of information may be found within these sets, with enormous potential to shed light on some of the toughest and most pressing challenges facing the Nation.

To maximize this historic opportunity—and in support of recommendations from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology—the Obama Administration is launching a Big Data Research and Development Initiative, coordinated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and supported by several Federal departments and agencies.

Please click here to watch the event.


John Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation

Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health

Marcia McNutt, Director, United States Geological Survey

Zach Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering

Kaigham “Ken” Gabriel, Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

William Brinkman, Director, Office of Science, Department of Energy

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