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Eleventh Meeting of the
Board on Research Data and Information
National Research Council   

Symposium on the Interagency Strategic Plan for Big Data: Focus on R&D
National Academy of Sciences Keck Building, Room 100
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC

October 23, 2014, 8:45am - 12:30pm EDT

The Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) was initially formed to identify big data R&D activities across the Federal Government, offer opportunities for agency coordination, and jointly develop strategies for a national initiative. The National Big Data R&D Initiative (“the Big Data Initiative”) was launched in March 2012. Since the launch, the BDSSG has held numerous meetings and workshops, including a major showcase event of dozens of partnerships that will help advance the frontiers of big data R&D across the country. Many participating federal agencies have already established new big data programs, policies and activities and plan to do more in the future. Currently, the BDSSG is drafting a framework and establishing a set of priory goals for a National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan. 

The BDSSG is currently gathering information from multiple sectors to inform the development of an effective National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan. After the submission period ends on November 14 and the feedback is analyzed, the BDSSG will hold a workshop to further discuss and develop the input received. Additional detailed information about this Request for Information may be found at:  

This BRDI Symposium was held in two sessions. The first session included presentations by six federal government speakers, beginning with an overview and followed by more focused discussions in the five strategic areas of the Big Data Initiative: technologies; knowledge to action; sustainability; education; and gateways. The second session featured three panelists from academia and industry, who discussed on the interagency Big Data Initiative and respond to the presentations in the first session. The Symposium was moderated by Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information, and Alexa McCray, Harvard Medical School.
The symposium was followed immediately by the presentations of the BRDI Data and Information Challenge Award winners.


Open Session  

8:45      Session chair: Clifford Lynch, CNI 

             Overview PresentationAllen Dearry, NIH
 1. TechnologiesHoward Wactlar, NSF
 2. Knowledge to actionPeter Lyster, NIH
 3. SustainabilitySky Bristol, USGS (by videoconference)
 4. EducationMichelle Dunn, NIH
 5. GatewaysKamie Roberts, NIST

10:15    Break

10:30    Symposium (continued)

            Session chair: Alexa McCray, Harvard Medical School 

                 Panel discussion 
                 - Keith Clarke, UC Santa Barbara
                 - Kirk Borne, George Mason University
                 - Jane Snowdon, IBM Federal

 11:30    The BRDI Data and Information Challenge Awards           

              Session chair: Francine Berman, RPI

              In Memoriam: Tribute to Lee Dirks                                             Elizabeth Grossman, Microsoft

              Presentations by the Winners

              First Place: Adam Asare, Immune Tolerance Network, ITN Trial Share: Enabling True Clinical Trial Transparency    
              Runner up: Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon Univ., Olive: Sustaining Executable Content Over Decades

               - Presentation of Awards   

12:25     End of meeting