Obama Administration Pledges $200-Million for Data Projects

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a plan to spend $200-million pushing forward so-called “Big Data” research and development projects. The White House science adviser and the heads of several agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, gathered at the American Association for the Advancement of Science headquarters, in Washington, to emphasize their belief that research into better ways of compiling and analyzing data will be crucial to future gains in a variety of fields, including medicine, education, environmental protection, and national security. Much of the work on developing better data systems will take place at universities, and some faculty involved in the research said the $200-million was just an initial step toward the size of the investment that will ultimately be needed.

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