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The United States' Government has launched the Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan, which will provide guidance on strategies for US Federal agencies to use when developing or expanding their individual Big Data research and development plans.

The strategy builds on the Obama Administration's 2012 Big Data Research and Development Initiative which was established to develop Big Data technologies, demonstrate applications of Big Data, and train the next generation of data scientists.

Big Data can combine disparate, dynamic, and distributed datasets and enable everything from predicting the future behaviour of complex systems to precise medical treatments, smart energy usage, and focused educational curricula.

Some 15 Federal agencies participated in the development of the Plan's seven focus areas:

  • Create next-generation capabilities by developing Big Data foundations, techniques, and technologies;
  • Support research and development to explore the trustworthiness of data, to make better decisions and enable breakthrough discoveries;
  • Build and enhance research cyberinfrastructure that enables Big Data innovation;
  • Increase the value of data through policies that promote sharing and management of data;
  • Understand the privacy, security, and ethical dimensions of Big Data collection, sharing, and use;
  • Improve the national landscape for Big Data education and training to fulfill increasing demand for analytical talent and capacity for the broader workforce; and
  • Support a vibrant Big Data innovation ecosystem with collaboration between government agencies, universities, companies, and non-profit organizations.
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