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2nd BIGDATA webinar

About the series

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health invite you to attend a webinar to learn more about their joint Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) solicitation -- NSF 12-499: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12499/nsf12499.htm  

The BIGDATA solicitation aims to advance the core scientific and technological means of managing, analyzing, visualizing, and extracting useful information from large, diverse, distributed and heterogeneous data sets so as to: accelerate the progress of scientific discovery and innovation; lead to new fields of inquiry that would not otherwise be possible; encourage the development of new data analytic tools and algorithms; facilitate scalable, accessible, and sustainable data infrastructure; increase understanding of human and social processes and interactions; and promote economic growth and improved health and quality of life.

The phrase "big data" in this solicitation does not refer just to the volume of data, but also to its variety and velocity.  Big data includes large, diverse, complex, longitudinal, and/or distributed data sets generated from instruments, sensors, Internet transactions, email, video, click streams, and/or all other digital sources. 

The focus is on core scientific and technological advances (e.g., in computer science, mathematics, computational science and statistics). Proposals that focus primarily on the application of existing methods (e.g., machine learning algorithms, statistical analysis) to data sets in a specific science domain or on implementation of software tools or databases based on existing techniques are not appropriate for this solicitation. 

NIH-specific information can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-GM-12-109.html.

An FAQ about the solicitation is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12070/nsf12070.jsp

This webinar is designed to describe the goals and focus of the BIGDATA solicitation, help investigators understand its scope, and answer any questions potential Principal Investigators (PIs) may have.

The Webinar will be held from 11am to noon EST on May 21, 2012. Questions about the solicitation can be submitted in advance or during the webinar to bigdata@nsf.gov.

To Join the Webinar:

To attend virtually, please register by May 20, 23:59 PDT at: https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=182729817&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

After your registration is accepted, you will get an email with a URL to join the meeting. Please be sure to join a few minutes before the start of the webinar. This system does not establish a voice connection on your computer; instead, your acceptance message will have a toll-free phone number that you will be prompted to call after joining.  Please note that this registration is a manual process; therefore, do not expect an immediate acceptance.  In the event the number of requests exceeds the capacity, some requests may have to be denied.

The webinar will be archived for later viewing and linked to the BIGDATA program web page at: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504767. The archived version will be available within a few days after the webinar.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact bigdata@nsf.gov .

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