Author: Jean Yan – On detail with Data.gov from the Department of Education to work on Big Data.
On December 17, Data.gov launched its first issue of Big Data Express. We intend to publish this e-newsletter periodically to keep all those interested in big data abreast of its progress and development. In this issue:
- USASearch’s use of Hadoop to meet the influx of large volumes of data while increasing its services to the public.
- Announcement of $1 million prize from Defense Threat Reduction Agency to develop an algorithm that can most rapidly and accurately characterize a complex diagnostic sample from raw sequence-read data with the least computational overhead.
- Awards update by the Big Data Senior Steering Group at the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. The 17-agency group has offered three rounds of R&D awards, in the categories of General, Energy and Earth Science. Winners will be announced in January.
- IBM and Ohio State University’s plan to open a center to train data scientists for big data. Combining research, client services and skills training, the center plans to hire 500 analytics consultants and researchers over the next three years.
- Cheaper big data analytics for small businesses. Amazon’s Redshift, a cloud-based solution, can be configured for up to 100 nodes for up to 1.6 petabytes. Analysts expect the annual cost to reach around $1,000 per terabyte versus on-premises costs of $19,000 to $25,000.
- Report release from the symposium The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data. The 2011 event organized by the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) and the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology (US CODATA) examined data access and sharing in the developing world.
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