Organizations show off their big data projects


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Government agencies, educational institutions, corporations and more convened Nov. 12 to show off their use of big data to grow the nation’s economy.

Hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Networking and Information Technology R&D program, the Data to Knowledge to Action event featured organizations’ use of huge data sets to benefit Americans.

“America is rich with institutions that are expert at generating data, but as a nation we have not fulfilled our potential to make the most of these data by merging pre-competitive resources, partnering on analytics and sharing lessons learned,” said John Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology.

The projects build on efforts from last year that were part of President Barack Obama’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, in which six federal departments and agencies committed $200 million to improve tools and organization of databases.

Among the projects is the CancerLinQ program. The computer network will analyze vast quantities of information on patient experiences lost in file cabinets and unconnected servers.

DataKind is working on a number of projects, one of which will help philanthropic organizations analyze data to better understand the effects of volunteer programs. National Institutes of Health and IBM, along with other companies, are developing new ways to detect heart disease early and the city of New York is using big data to help small businesses get started quicker.

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