Data to Knowledge to Action
Building New Partnerships
Dozens of public and private organizations met at a White House-sponsored event on November 12, 2013 to describe their contributions to an inspiring array of collaborations that embrace a common theme: sharing resources and drawing upon sophisticated tools to plumb the depths of huge data sets in order to derive greater value for American consumers and grow the Nation’s economy.
The event, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, was co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Networking and Information Technology R&D (NITRD) program, which represents the information technology portfolios of 18 Federal agencies. It featured scores of new announcements by corporations, educational institutions, professional organizations, and others that—in collaboration with Federal departments and agencies and state and local governments—are answering President Obama’s call for partnerships that can enhance national priorities, including economic growth and job creation, education and health, energy and sustainability, public safety and national security, and global development.
(NSF/Sandy Schaeffer Photography)
Press Releases and Fact Sheets
- White House Press Release: “Data to Knowledge to Action” Event Highlights Innovative Collaborations to Benefit Americans
- Fact Sheet: Progress by Federal Agencies
- Fact Sheet: New Announcements
- NSF Press Release: NSF advances national efforts enabling data-driven discovery
- Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for OSTP
- Ed Lazowska, University of Washington
- Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley
- Yann Le Cun, New York University
- Josh Greenberg, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- Chris Mentzel, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- Presentation: Innovation, Research & Development, and Education and Workforce Development Breakout Sessions Report Back
- Christy Wilson, Splunk
- Michael Rappa, North Carolina State University
- Stanley Ahalt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Workshop Summary (TBD)
- Video Webcast: Event welcome, partnership announcements, and briefings
- Video Webcast: Panel discussion
- Video: Elizabeth Bruce of MIT describes the MIT's Big Data Initiative, which explores computational platforms, algorithms, machine learning, security and privacy issues and applications.
- Video: Michael Bender, Stony Brook University, describes his work on indexing of big data--organizing data so that you can find things.
- Video: Merce Crosas of the Institute for Quantitive Social Science, from Harvard University describes her work on open source data.
- Video: Bill Howe of the University of Washington describes his work on big data and opportunities for collaboration among academia and industry.
- Video: Srinivas Aluru of Iowa State University works at the intersection of the life sciences and big data
- Video: Martin-Farach-Colton of Rutgers University concentrates on big data storage
- Video: Dimitris Mataxas of Rutgers University works primarily with biomedical data and clinical trials
- Video: Stan Ahalt of the Renaissance Computer Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill defines big data
- Video: Tom Caruso of the University of North Carolina discusses a public-private consortium in self-generated health
- Video: Tom Mitchell of Carnegie Mellon University concentrates his research efforts on machine learning
- Video: Arcot Rajasekar of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his team are working to increase data accessibility
- Video: Eli Upfal of Brown University is working to build mathematical and statistical tools that with advanced computational methods can derive meaning from big data
- Video: Kirk Borne of George Mason University works in big data education, as well as applied areas
Select Press Highlights
- November 12, 2013 -- White House promotes new partnerships as it seeks to make better use of ‘big data’
- “The Obama administration plans Tuesday to announce a new set of partnerships that enlist private companies, nonprofits, academics and others in an effort to harness big data to solve national problems. The new alliances come more than a year and a half after the administration established $200 million in big data initiatives aimed at sorting through the massive reams of information collected by the government to glean new insights.” (Source: Washington Post) Read the article.
- November 12, 2013 -- Program Seeks to Nurture ‘Data Science Culture’ at Universities
- “[The problem of data silos], among others, is the focus of a new five-year project, involving three universities and supported by $37.8 million in funding from the Moore Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. The three universities in the partnership are New York University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. The program is being announced today in Washington at an event organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to highlight initiatives being taken by government, industry and academia to advance data-driven scientific discovery and technological progress.” (Source: New York Times) Read the article.
- Additional press highlights will be documented here. (TBD)