29 Mar '12, 11pm

What's the Big Deal on Big Data?

What's the Big Deal on Big Data?

Six federal departments and agencies today announced $200 million for Big Data . The initiative involves new commitments aiming to give scientists and policy makers betters tools and techniques for turning data into knowledge and power. Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, claims: 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 What is Big Data? Big Data describes data sets that, due to quantities of data or complexity of data, cannot be managed well with traditional tools such as databases and bar graphs...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/whats-big-deal...

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