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Caption Transcript from “Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data”
On Thursday, March 29, 2012, from 2-3:45 pm ET, federal government science heads from OSTP, NSF, NIH, DOE, DOD, DARPA and USGS outlined how their agencies are engaged in Big Data research. The event took place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
An archive of this webcast will be available on nsf.gov within two days of this event.
(I have no ownership of this information nor can I attest to its accuracy since it was transcribed and may have room for error. This information was extracted from http://live.science360.gov/bigdata/ immediately after the session concluded)
Event ID: 1921909
Event Started: 3/29/2012 1:47:56 PM ET
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I welcome all of you. From the look -- looks of the crowd, big data is a big deal. We think it will be bigger. The Obama administration is announcing new investments in federal agencies. In research and development related to big data. That is in a Norma's the volume of data, and the variety of those data. I am joined by a number of administrative [Indiscernible]. I will introduce them in a moment. Following their brief presentation [Indiscernible] we will have a few minutes for questions. We are happy to have as a moderator from that panel Steve or -- Lour of the New York Times. We are grateful to him. Before I turn things over to my colleagues I would like to say a few words. Why date data and then nonprofit organizations may get involved further in this domain. These data are being [Indiscernible]. Computers running large scales programs.
Recently, the Presidents Council on science and technology, it concluded a report for the president that the federal government is under investing in analyzing sharing and -- what this data. What matters, is our ability to arrive from the new insights to recognize relationships to make accurate prediction. Our ability to move from date it to knowledge to action. As we look at the action in the White House, following the release of the [Indiscernible] report aired became clear for a national big data initiative. The advantages, a cross government focus on big data. One, the domain of big date it will be important from an economic point of view. It is a creation of new IT products. How to use big data to make better decisions. Second, it is critical to accelerating discovery and many domains in science and engineering. Such as in astronomy. Containing hundreds of millions of celestial objects. Working with big data helps with major national challenge, security, health environment and education. Some hospitals are using big data. Startups are beginning with online courses. These kinds of applications are dependent on making the most of information we and most of the world are generating every day. We will take the lead on big data that the government can play an entire -- important role. Using big data approaches to m