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In the March 2012 unveiling of the BIG DATA Initiative,  Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, indicated that this new initiative promises to transform our ability to use BIG DATA for scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, and national security.

In response, NIST, in collaboration with the NSF Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) is convening a BIG DATA workshop, aimed at exploring:

  • State-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share BIG DATA that could benefit from standardization

  • Potential measurements to ensure the accuracy and robustness of methods that harness these technologies

In this first workshop, key national priority topics will be explored, including examples from science, health, disaster management, security, and finance. At the same time, topics in emerging technology areas, including analytics and architectures will also be discussed.

Update - Presentation Slides Available Below

Currently available presentation slides are available for download as PDFs via the links contained within the following agenda summary.

June 13, 2012

  • Dr. Ashit Talukder, NIST
  • Mary Brady, NIST


Session 1: Data & Algorithms
Session 2: Analytics I
  • Bob Grossman, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology
  • Harry Greenspun, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
  • Jack Jones, Booz-Allen
Big Data Programs Panel
June 14, 2012

Session 3: Analytics II
Session 4: Big Data Platforms

The final BIG DATA workshop agenda is available.

Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Tel: 1-301-977-8900

Ask for BIG DATA block

Although there is no registration fee, it is of utmost importance that you register online in order to gain access to the NIST site. If you are not registered, you will not be permitted on site.

Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.


All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12.


Created May 22, 2012, Updated June 2, 2021