White House Kicking off a Series of Big Data Workshops

April 14th, 2013 by Ann Drobnis Post a comment »

image001The White House will be hosting a Big Data Workshop on May 3, 2013.  The workshop is sponsored by the Office of Science and
Technology Policy and the NITRD Big Data Senior Steering Group.

As we enter the second year of the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative (launched on March 29, 2012), the Obama Administration is encouraging multiple stakeholders—including Federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local government, non-profits, and foundations—to  develop and participate in Big Data innovation projects across the country. The Administration is particularly interested in projects and initiatives that:

  • Advance technologies that support Big Data and data analytics;
  • Educate and expand the Big Data workforce;
  • Develop, demonstrate, and evaluate applications of Big Data that improve key outcomes in economic growth, job creation, education, health, energy, sustainability, public safety, advanced manufacturing, science and engineering, and global development;
  • Demonstrate the role that prizes and challenges can play in deriving new insights from Big Data; and
  • Foster regional innovation.

To surface such partnerships and novel approaches that would allow partnerships to scale across the country, a series of workshops and events is being planned over the spring and summer. The first one will  bring people together from various sectors to brainstorm about the components and goals of Big Data multi-stakeholder partnerships, e.g., what are the most promising value propositions, what kinds of long- and short-term goals can realistically be achieved, what are the best implementation plans. Outcomes from this workshop will serve as input into future plans.

Above and beyond helping the Federal Government implement and expand its Big Data Initiative, this workshop is designed to be a learning opportunity that will inspire participants to build their own partnerships or expand and make more effective ones in which they are already involved.

You can read about the initial Big Data launch across Federal Agencies from March of last year here.

You can learn more about the work the CCC did beginning in 2008 around Big Data here.