White House Launches Big Data Initiative

March 30, 2012

The White House, in conjunction with the Defense Department and other agencies, on Thursday launched $200 million in new programs aimed at improving access and analysis of large, digital data sets.

The Big Data Research and Development Initiative is expected to provide new technologies and methods for managing digital data to improve scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research and national security.

In addition to DoD, the Health and Human Services Department, National Science Foundation, Energy Department, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and U.S. Geological Survey have also committed resources to the Big Data Research and Development initiative. 

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