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NSF seeks feedback on big data innovation hubs

The National Science Foundation is looking for some big ideas about big data.

According to a notice in the Federal Register, NSF seeks input from all parts of the big data ecosystem on the formation of new Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs that will generate the kinds of activities and partnerships established by National Big Data R&D Initiative over the past three years. The hubs would also stimulate, track and help sustain new regional and grassroots partnerships around big data.

According to the notice, potential roles for the hubs include:

  • Accelerate big data solutions to specific global and societal challenges by convening stakeholders across sectors to partner on programs and projects.
  • Act as a matchmaker between academic, industry and community stakeholders to help drive successful pilot programs.
  • Increase the speed and volume of technology transfer between universities, public and private research centers and laboratories, large enterprises and small businesses.
  • Facilitate discussions with opinion and thought leaders on the societal impact of big data technologies.
  • Support the education and training of the entire big data workforce, from data scientists to managers to data end-users.

NSF wants comments from stakeholders across academia, state and local government, industry and non-profits working with big data. Comments are due Nov. 1, 2014.

Posted by GCN Staff on Sep 09, 2014 at 11:39 AM


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