Commission Recommends Formal Career Track for ‘Big Data’ Experts

October 3, 2012

The government should create a formal career track for the employees who manage its increasingly large volumes of complex and variable data known as “big data,” according to a new industry report.

The TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission, in a report released Wednesday, calls for a new federal academy to train and certify employees to capture, store, share, manage and analyze vast volumes of data.

The report highlights the Internal Revenue Service as a user of big data tools and techniques to crack down on tax fraud. NASA, the National Archive and Records Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are also using big data tools and techniques.

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