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Washington to Put $200 Million into Big Data R&D

To improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data.

The Obama Administration Thursday unveiled a Big Data Research and Development Initiative that will see the six federal agencies and departments put $200 million or more into Big Data R&D.

These new commitments are supposed to improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data.

Dr. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said, "In the same way that past federal investments in information technology R&D led to dramatic advances in supercomputing and the creation of the Internet, the initiative we are launching today promises to transform our ability to use Big Data for scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education and national security."

It's seen as being that important.

The major initiative is supposed advance state-of-the-art core technologies, apply them to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering as well as transform teaching and learning, and expand the workforce needed to develop and use Big Data technologies.

It's a response to recommendations by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which last year concluded that the federal government was under-investing in Big Data technologies.

As a result, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be implementing a long-term strategy that includes new methods to derive knowledge from data; infrastructure to manage, curate and serve data to communities; and new approaches to education and workforce development.

As a start, NSF will be funding a $10 million Expeditions in Computing project based at Berkeley to integrate machine learning, cloud computing and crowd sourcing.

It will also provide the first round of grants to support EarthCube, a system that lets geoscientists access, analyze and share information about the planet, issue a $2 million award for a research training group for undergraduates to use graphical and visualization techniques for complex data and provide $1.4 million to support a focused research group of statisticians and biologists to determine protein structures and biological pathways.

NIH is particularly interested in imaging, molecular, cellular, electrophysiological, chemical, behavioral, epidemiological, clinical and other data sets related to health and disease.

It said the world's largest set of data on human genetic variation - produced by the international 1000 Genomes Project - is now available on Amazon's cloud. At 200TB - the equivalent of 16 million file cabinets filled with text, or more than 30,000 standard DVDs - the current 1000 Genomes Project data set, derived from 1,700 people, is a prime example of Big Data.

AWS is storing the 1000 Genomes Project on S3 and in Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) as a publicly available data set for free; researchers only will pay for the EC2 and Elastic MapReduce (EMR) services they use for disease research. They used to have to download publicly available datasets from government data centers to their own systems, or have the data physically shipped to them on disks. The current aim of the project is to sequence 2,600 individuals from 26 populations around the world. (See http://aws.amazon.com/1000genomes.)

The Defense Department will be investing around $250 million a year (with $60 million available for new research projects) in a series of programs that use Big Data in new ways to bring together sensing, perception and decision support to make autonomous systems that can maneuver and make decisions on their own.

The agency also wants a 100-fold increase in the ability of analysts to extract information from texts in any language, and a similar increase in the number of objects, activities and events an analyst can observe.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is beginning an XDATA program that will invest about $25 million a year for four years to develop computational techniques and software tools for analyzing large volumes of data, both semi-structured (tabular, relational, categorical, metadata) and unstructured (text documents, message traffic).

That means developing scalable algorithms for processing imperfect data in distributed data stores and creating effective human-computer interaction tools to facilitate rapidly customizable visual reasoning for diverse missions.

The XDATA program will employ open source toolkits for software development so users can process large volumes of data in timelines "commensurate with mission workflows of targeted defense applications."

The Energy Department will kick in $25 million in funding to establish a Scalable Data Management, Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Institute under Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

It's supposed to bring together the expertise of six national laboratories and seven universities to develop new tools to help scientists manage and visualize data on the agency's supercomputers to streamline the processes that lead to discoveries made by scientists using the agency's research facilities. It said new tools are needed since the simulations running on its supercomputers have increased in size and complexity.

Lastly, the US Geological Survey will incubate Big Data projects that address issues such as species response to climate change, earthquake recurrence rates and the next generation of ecological indicators.

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