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  • Big Data Interagency Working Group

    The Big Data IWG coordinates Federal R&D to enable effective analysis, decision-making, and discovery based on large, diverse, real-time data.

    Big Data

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Big Data Interagency Working Group (IWG)


The Big Data IWG coordinates Federal R&D to enable effective analysis, decision-making, and discovery based on large, diverse, real-time data. Expanding capabilities to collect, store, access, and analyze big data will accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, lead to new areas of research and inquiry, provide vast resources to enhance national security, and create new capabilities that support economic growth and novel solutions to pressing national issues.

Strategic Priorities



Laura J. Biven, Ph.D.

Laura J. Biven, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Computer Science
Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
Office of Science
U.S. Department of Energy

Rance Cleaveland, Ph.D.

Rance Cleaveland, Ph.D.
Division Director, Computing and Communication Foundations (CISE//CCF)
National Science Foundation


Major Activities

Human Computer Information & Information Management Task Force

<< HCI&IM TF was sunset in March, 2019. >>

The purpose of the HCI&IM TF is to support development of a "science of visualization", to enable development of a framework or taxonomy of visualization tasks, relevant perceptual and cognitive principles, and measures for evaluating the understandability or effectiveness of visualizations. The HCI&IM TF will also support development of useful, end-to-end visualization tools that efficiently and effectively support data access and use, scalability of the tools and infrastructure, and visual presentation to the individual end user.

A national network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs

In November of 2014, the National Science Foundation published a Request for Input (RFI) about the establishment of a national network of Regional Innovation Hubs that would foster cross-sector collaborations and partnerships around Big Data. To convene local stakeholders and further the discussion, a series of 15 day-long intensive design workshops (i.e. charrettes) are taking place around the country in April, 2015. In these charrettes, stakeholders from academia, industry, government and non-profit sectors will discuss how an Innovation Hub might be structured and governed as to best address the challenges and leverage the opportunities around Big Data within its region.

To establish this national network, the National Science Foundation has announced a funding opportunity: the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program.

The National Big Data R&D Initiative

Aiming to make the most of the fast-growing volume of digital data, in March 2012, the Obama Administration announced the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative.” By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation’s most pressing challenges. The Big Data Interagency Working Group continues to work with the White House Office of Science and Technology along with several Federal departments and agencies to help further the goals of the Initiative which strive to:

For additional information, see the White House Press Release, and the Big Data Fact Sheet.

Data to Knowledge to Action

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Beginning in the second year of the National Big Data Initiative, the Administration is encouraging multiple stakeholders including federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local government, non-profits, and foundations, to develop and participate in Big Data innovation projects across the country. The Administration is particularly interested in projects and initiatives that:

For additional information, see the White House Press Release, the New Announcements Fact Sheet, and Progress by Federal Agencies Fact Sheet.

Data to Knowledge to Action: Partnership Updates

Data to Knowledge to Action: Partnership Updates

Since the Data to Knowledge to Action launch in November 2013, partners have been hard at work developing their collaborations and projects that promise to accelerate progress across science, the economy, and society. The following are updates on the projects launched in 2013... more



Federal Register Documents

Select Press Highlights

  • November 4, 2015 -- White House Blog: “Big Announcements in Big Data“
"This week the National Science Foundation (NSF) made some big announcements in Big Data, which will not only improve our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of data, but also help accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and fuel the growth and development of Smart Cities in America..." READ MORE: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/11/04/big-announcements-big-data

  • 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.

  • March 14, 2013 (Bloomberg) -- Altman, Groschupf, Mahony, Strawn `Big Data' Value
"Anne Altman, a general manager at International Business Machines Corp., Stefan Groschupf, co-founder and chief executive officer of Datameer Inc., Colin Mahony, senior vice president at Vertica, a unit of Hewlett-Packard Co., and George Strawn, a director at the National Coordination Office, participate in a panel discussion about opportunities in so-called big data services. Bloomberg's Michael Nelson moderates the panel at the Bloomberg Link Big Data Conference in Washington. (Source: Bloomberg)"