The White House on Thursday morning released the details of its new big data strategy, and they involve access to funding and data for researchers. It’s a big financial commitment in a time of tight budgets — well over $200 million a year — but the administration is banking on big data techniques having revolutionary effects on par with the Internet, which federal dollars financed decades ago.
Here’s where its efforts are headed, in a nutshell:
Grants: About $73 million has been specifically laid out for research grants, with the National Science Foundation chipping in about $13 million across three projects, and the Department of Defense ponying up $60 million. The U.S. Geological Survey will also be announcing a list of grantees working on big data projects, although no specific monetary amounts are listed.
Spending: If there’s one thing the DoD knows how to do, it’s spend, and it…
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