Josh Smith
National Journal
March 29, 2012

The White House announced a plan on Thursday to pour millions of dollars into harnessing the huge amounts of data collected by a range of government agencies.

The “Big Data Research and Development Initiative” will provide more than $200 million “to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data,” the Office of Science and Technology Policy said in a statement.

The effort will span half a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Energy departments to the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

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