Duke University has received $9.75 million in gifts and matching funds to drive big data research across medicine, energy, social science and other areas, the university announced this week. 

Duke's big data effort -- known as the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) -- launched in 2013. It focuses on "harnessing massive amounts of information to tackle society's biggest challenges," according to Duke President Richard H Brodhead, who announced the funding total on April 27.

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