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NSF, NIH Holding Second Big Data Webinar May 21st

May 15th, 2012 / in big science, research horizons, resources / by Erwin Gianchandani

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)For those who missed last Tuesday’s webinar about the Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science and Engineering (BIGDATA) program — the centerpiece of the Administration’s $200 million Big Data R&D Initiative — the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced that they will hold a second webinar next Monday, May 21st at 11am EDT.

Registration for the May 21st webinar (click here) will remain open until 11:59pm PDT on Sunday, May 20th. Questions about the solicitation may be e-mailed to before or during the webinar.

As we’ve reported before, the BIGDATA solicitation aims (following the link):

To advance the core scientific and technological means of managing, analyzing, visualizing, and extracting useful information from large, diverse, distributed and heterogeneous data sets so as to: accelerate the progress of scientific discovery and innovation; lead to new fields of inquiry that would not otherwise be possible; encourage the development of new data analytic tools and algorithms; facilitate scalable, accessible, and sustainable data infrastructure; increase understanding of human and social processes and interactions; and promote economic growth and improved health and quality of life.


The phrase “big data” in this solicitation does not refer just to the volume of data, but also to its variety and velocity. Big data includes large, diverse, complex, longitudinal, and/or distributed data sets generated from instruments, sensors, Internet transactions, email, video, click streams, and/or all other digital sources.


The focus is on core scientific and technological advances (e.g., in computer science, mathematics, computational science and statistics). Proposals that focus primarily on the application of existing methods (e.g., machine learning algorithms, statistical analysis) to data sets in a specific science domain or on implementation of software tools or databases based on existing techniques are not appropriate for this solicitation.

To learn more, check out the BIGDATA solicitation here or, for NIH-specific details, see a NIH announcement here.

And be sure to read our previous coverage about the Big Data R&D Initiative — including a summary — complete with slides — of last week’s webinar.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

NSF, NIH Holding Second Big Data Webinar May 21st

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