AGENCY: National Science Foundation.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments on accelerating the Big Data
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DATES: Please submit responses no later than November 1, 2014. Comments
may be sent to BIGDATA@nsf.gov, following the guidance set below.
SUMMARY: NSF seeks input from stakeholders across academia, state and
local government, industry, non-profits, and others across all parts of
the Big Data innovation ecosystem on the formation of new Big Data
Regional Innovation Hubs.
Overview: The National Science Foundation is exploring the
establishment of a national network of "Big Data Regional Innovation
Hubs.'' These Hubs will help to continue and scale up the kinds of
activities and partnerships established by National Big Data R&D
Initiative over the past 3 years as well as stimulate, track, and help
sustain new regional and grassroots partnerships around Big Data.
Potential roles for Hubs include, but are not limited to:
- Accelerate the ideation and development Big Data solutions
to specific global and societal challenges
by convening stakeholders across sectors to partner in results-driven
programs and projects.
- Act as a matchmaker between the various academic,
industry, and community stakeholders to help drive successful pilot
programs for emerging Big Data technology.
- Coordinate across multiple regions of the country, based
on shared interests and industry sector engagement to enable dialogue
and share best practices.
- Aim to increase the speed and volume of technology
transfer between universities, public and private research centers and
laboratories, large enterprises, and SMB's.
- Facilitate engagement with opinion and thought leaders on
the societal impact of Big Data technologies as to maximize positive
outcomes of adoption while reducing unwanted consequences.
- Support the education and training of the entire Big Data
workforce, from data scientists to managers to data end-users.
NSF seeks input from stakeholders across academia, state and local
government, industry, and non-profits across all parts of the Big Data
innovation ecosystem on the formation of Big Data Regional Innovation
Hubs. Please submit a response of no more than two-pages to
- The goals of interest for a Big Data Regional Hub, with metrics
for evaluating the success or failure of the Hub to meet that goal;
- The multiple stakeholders that would participate in the Hub and
their respective roles and responsibilities;
- Plans for initial and long-term financial and in-kind resources
that the stakeholders would need to commit to this hub; and
- A principal point of contact.
This announcement is posted solely for information and planning
purposes; it does not constitute a formal solicitation for grants,
contracts, or cooperative agreements.
Background: Aiming to make the most of the fast-growing volume of
digital data, in March 2012, the Obama Administration announced the
"Big Data Research and Development Initiative.'' By improving our
ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex
collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some
the Nation's most pressing challenges. Beginning in the second year of
the National Big Data Initiative, the Administration encouraged
multiple stakeholders including federal agencies, private industry,
academia, state and local government, non-profits, and foundations, to
develop and participate in Big Data innovation projects across the
On November 12, 2013, dozens of public and private organizations
met at a White House-sponsored "Data to Knowledge to Action'' event to
announce an inspiring array of Big Data related collaborations. These
collaborations were the product and culmination of over a year of
activities catalyzed by teams at OSTP, NITRD and Federal agencies to
support the Big Data innovation ecosystem; such activities included
workshops, one-on-one conversations with potential partners, Requests
for Information, invited speaker lectures, and more. To sustain the
forward momentum of the Data2Action event, The National Science
Foundation is exploring the establishment of a national network of
"Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.''