Big Data Initiative Or Big Government Boondoggle? - InformationWeek
From InformationWeek comes this article on "big data" and illustrates the problems facing several governement agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey:
The Obama Administration last week unveiled a "Big Data Research and Development Initiative" that will see at least six government agencies making $200 million in additional investments to "greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data."
Yes, the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Institute of Health are doing very different types of data-driven research and analyses, but they're all grappling with the use of unstructured data and large-scale machine data, they're all pushing the envelope on data mining, and they're all looking for better data visualization and reporting techniques.