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  • Big Data

    The Big Data Senior Steering Group (BD SSG) works to facilitate and further the goals of the White House Big Data R&D Initiative.

    Big Data

Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG)

NITRD: National Big Data Strategic Plan - Summary of Request for Information Responses

Response Coordination Team
NSF AAAS Fellows: Renata Rawlings-Goss, Alejandro Suarez, Martin Wiener, Lida Beninson
NSF Staff: Fen Zhao, Dana Hunter
NITRD Staff: Wendy Wigen

The Big Data SSG would like to thank all responders to this RFI. The submissions will be used to inform the development of an effective National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan. Submissions received to the RFI on National Big Data R&D Initiative:

Big Data is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time. Big data sizes are a constantly moving target currently ranging from a few dozen terabytes to many petabytes of data in a single data set. – Wikipedia, May 2011

The Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) was formed to identify current big data research and development activities across the Federal Government, offer opportunities for coordination, and identify what the goal of a national initiative in this area would look like. Subsequently, in March 2012, The White House Big Data R&D Initiative was launched and the BDSSG continues to work in four main areas to facilitate and further the goals of the Initiative.

Major Activities

A national network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs

In November of 2014, NSF submitted a Request for Information on Accelerating the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem to the National Science Foundation about the establishment of a national network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs that will foster cross-sector collaborations and partnerships around Big Data. As a part of the next step in developing these Hubs, a series of day-long intensive design workshops (i.e. charrettes) are being held around the country in April 2015. These charrettes will coalesce local stakeholders from academia, industry, government and non-profit sectors to discuss how an Innovation Hub might be structured and governed as to best address the challenges and leverage the opportunities around Big Data within that region.

More information on the events can be found at

To participate, please submit a short white paper response about your organization on March 18th. Instructions for this submission are available at

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 Senior Steering 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

Calls, Presentations, Workshops, and Events

2015 Big Data Strategic Initiative Workshop was sponsored by the NITRD Big Data Senior Steering Group in conjunction with Georgetown University, this workshop brought together academics and industry leaders across multiple disciplines to further inform the development of an effective Federal Big Data Research Agenda. For more information on the workshop please visit

Keynote Speaker: Andrew W. Moore (Carnegie Mellon University):

Workshop recording:

National Academy of Sciences
BDSSG presentations:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and NITRD hosted an event to highlight high-impact collaborations that cross the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors.

The National Science Foundation issued a request for information encouraging stakeholders to identify multi-stakeholder Big Data projects they would be willing to support to advance core Big Data technologies; harness the power of Big Data to advance national goals; use competitions and challenges; and foster regional innovation.

A workshop to discuss future strategies for managing scientific data and metadata for basic and applied research.

To surface such partnerships and novel approaches that would allow partnerships to scale across the country, this workshop brought together representatives from industry, academia, and government to learn about existing Big Data partnerships, make connections with interested parties, and explore future possibilities.

Presentation and discussion with Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. Professor Cutcher-Gershenfeld presented information on the NSF EarthCube initiative including stakeholder survey data (approximately 850 responses).

BD SSG Webcast Library

Big Data SSG Video Library

BD SSG Webcast Library

(features a variety of video presentations from workshops and monthly meetings; covers topics in the field of information technology, research and development)

Select Press Highlights

“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. Read additional articles on this event (to be posted).

"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)" Watch video