Yesterday’s announcement included a few main highlights:
- NIH will make 200TB of human genetic variation data freely available on Amazon Web Services
- NSF will provide $2M in support of undergraduate education for studying graphical and visualization techniques of bigdata
- DoD will announce some prize competitions in the coming months
- Numerous other projects to increase data analysis across the US Government
Here is one note I did find interesting (or funny). One of the speakers mentioned the need for workers with bigdata skills. He mentioned the workforce needs 159,000 workers with data skills. Then a couple minutes later he mention a need for data savvy managers. He mentioned the workforce will need 1,500,000 managers with data knowledge. I just thought those 2 numbers did not match up well.
Here are a few more links to other articles summarizing the Research Initiative: