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NSF Advances National Efforts Enabling Data-Driven Discovery

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Credit: National Science Foundation

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced several partnerships aimed at big data discovery, innovation, and education.

In March 2012, the Obama administration announced its National Big Data Research and Development Initiative, and NSF has served as a leader in the project. When the initiative began, six federal departments and agencies promised more than $200 million in new commitments to help create big data tools and techniques to extract knowledge and accelerate discovery and innovation. NSF has developed foundational technologies, created infrastructure, and encouraged research communities.

NSF also has made progress with big data in areas such as obtaining value from cancer genome data and understanding human language processing to improve search engines. "We are seeing tremendous progress — data are accelerating the pace of discovery in almost every science and engineering discipline," says NSF's Farnam Jahanian. "These discoveries lay the groundwork for a national innovation ecosystem that will strengthen the foundations of U.S. competitiveness for decades to come."

From U.S. National Science Foundation
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