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National consortium to lead North Carolina in big data innovation
Date:4/18/2013

ers are UNC-Chapel Hill, RENCI, North Carolina State University, UNC Charlotte, UNC General Administration, Duke University and Drexel University. Nonprofit and government sector members are The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, MCNC, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, RTI International and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All founding members have major facilities in North Carolina except Drexel, located in Philadelphia.

In February, the NCDS held its inaugural meeting and agreed to the following initiatives in year one:

  • Capitalize on member strengths to compete for federal data science research funding, including the $200 million Big Data Research and Development Initiative announced by the White House last year, the National Science Foundation's BigData program, and the National Institutes of Health's Big Data to Knowledge initiative.
  • Convene the first invite-only NCDS Leadership Summit April 23-24 in Chapel Hill. Each year, the summit will focus on data issues in a specific field. The 2013 summit, Data to Discovery: Genomes to Health, will bring together genomic and data scientists to draft recommendations on how to translate genomic data into better, more affordable healthcare.
  • Host a public lecture by Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute and acting director of the new National Institutes of Health Data Science program. Green will speak at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill just before the start of the Leadership Summit.
  • Launch a Data Fellows program that provides internships for students at member companies and visiting scientist positions at member universities for industry employees.

"It is no longer enough for businesses to be big in order to be successful; now success is driven by the amount of knowledge a company possesses," said David Turek, vice president of exascale c
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Contact: Thania Benios
thania_benios@unc.edu
919-962-8596
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Source:Eurekalert

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