Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is using topological data analysis research to explore new ways of obtaining useful information from extremely large, complex data sets. The lab is working with Stanford University spinoff Ayasdi, which is funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation. Ayasdi’s Insight Discovery software handles big data problems by extracting information from very large data sets.
MIT Debuts Online Big Data Course for Tech Pros
Network World (01/09/14) Ann Bednarz
In November 2010, the National Security Agency started exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social networks, according to newly discovered documents and interviews with officials.
In the future, data analysis is expected to play a greater role in day-to-day business operations, a trend that will require many university graduates to attain at least a basic understanding of big data tools and technologies. There will be a 25 percent growth in the need for analytics trained workers through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Obama administration, which strongly believes in the power of data to drive government decision-making, has initiated several big data projects. Last year, the White House launched the $200-million Big Data Research and Development Initiative, listing more than 85 examples of big data projects at a range of federal agencies.