White House launches big data R&D push – NSF and DARPA are among the agencies looking to harness the power of large volumes of data

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IDG News Service (Washington Bureau)

Six U.S. government agencies will spend more than US$200 million to help the government better organize and analyze large volumes of digital data, in a new “big data” research and development effort announced by President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday.

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