MeriTalk Big Data Exchange (BDX) is a vertical community of Federal big data leaders, project managers, industry, and other government IT community stakeholders focused on public-private collaboration and best-practice exchange. BDX generates operational content, applications, and programs to help the Federal government clearly define and realize its big data goals.
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July 31, 2013; The City Club of Washington at Columbia Square in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for details. This meeting will be complimentary for government attendees, space is limited. RSVP to Kelsey Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG DATA RESOURCES
For a tough big data challenge, look no further than the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
USPS faces a classic double-whammy: the agency has to collect and crunch massive amounts of data, and tackle the job quickly. Speed is important as the agency aims to detect fraud, update customers tracking mail pieces, and respond to requests from regulators. The postal service has responded with an architectural approach designed to rapidly ingest and process data culled from thousands of sources throughout the postal enterprise. Scot Atkins, program manager, Supercomputing & Revenue Protection, USPS, has helped shape the postal service’s big data efforts. He cited the agency’s push for real-time processing as perhaps its biggest big data challenge.
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Despite the buzz, big data is a new concept and many state and local agencies are behind the curve. Although thought leaders are extolling the virtues and benefits of big data, the truth is that to capture the full potential of big data, state and local agencies need the following:
MeriTalk surveyed state and local IT professionals to better understand the current data position for state and local agencies and to identify the current gap between the big data opportunity and reality.
Are you becoming a data pack rat? If your organization is like the rest of ours, the amount of data your agency collects and sifts through on a daily basis is increasing exponentially. How much of this data is even worth keeping? Data, in and of itself, is not worth much unless you can turn that data into something that has value to your agency. Making sense of the mountains of data may be a challenge, but don’t hit the delete button just yet.
Unlike its predecessors, big data has emerged as more than just a new technology. It has proven to be one of the most promising yet challenging technologies for both government and industry. Before IT leaders can harness the full potential of big data, there are key issues to address surrounding infrastructure, storage, and training. MeriTalk surveyed 17 visionary big data leaders to find out what they see as the big data challenges and opportunities as well as how government can best leverage big data.
The Internal Revenue Service's research unit has a suitably expansive agenda for big data. The tax agency pulls in voluminous data on revenue collection, refunds, and enforcement efforts. The task of the IRS Research, Analysis, and Statistics division is to sort through that data and help the tax agency make better decisions. The division's responsibilities include econometric modeling, forecasting, and compliance studies. It also serves as IRS' focal point for developing research databases and supporting infrastructure. Read the full profile here.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, like many large organizations, is taking on the Big Data problem: the task of analyzing enormous data sets to find actionable information. In JPL's case, the job involves collecting and mining data from 22 spacecraft and 10 instruments including the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover and the Kepler space telescope. Tom Soderstrom, IT chief technology officer at JPL, joked that his biggest Big Data challenge is more down to Earth: dealing effectively with his email inbox. But kidding aside, JPL now confronts Big Data as a key problem and a key opportunity. Read the full profile here.
Big Data and High Performance Supercomputing
The second MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting addressed using high performance and high density supercomputing. The meeting featured speaker Scot Atkins, Program Manager, Supercomputing and Revenue Protection, United States Postal Service.
Big Data and Analytics
The first MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting addressed the opportunities and challenges of big data and analytics. The meeting was sponosored by NetApp, and featured speaker Jeff Butler, Director of Research Databases in the IRS Research, Analysis, and Statistics organization.