White House to Spend $200 Million on ‘Big Data’


Today, the White House is announcing that it’s spending $200 million on its “Big Data” initiative, which aims to “advance state-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data.”

So, what are these state-of-the-art technologies? They’re split between several organizations, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and Department of Energy.

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Perhaps the coolest project is the push to put the data from the 1,000 Genomes Project into the cloud. As you might imagine, the world’s largest set of data on human genetic variation is pretty big — 200 terabytes, to be exact.

All of that data will now be free, hosted on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Of course, labs will still need the computer horsepower to manipulate and sort…

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