Columbia to serve as lead institution for new data research network

Starting in December, Columbia will coordinate over 40 partner institutions in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems with data science.The National Science Foundation selected Columbia to lead the $1.25 million Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub earlier this month. This hub will bring together regional academic institutions, as well as corporate research centers, to facilitate sharing and analysis of data on six major issues: health, finance, energy, education, urbanization, and discovery science. Support for data-driven solutions has exploded in the past few years. In 2012, President Barack Obama, CC ’83, announced a $200 million initiative to fund data science across the country. The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub is one regional node of this larger federal effort. This increase in support, and to the profile of data science, is…


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