April 24, 2013 – Big data got the attention of the federal government Wednesday at a hearing that set the stage for potential innovation and job creation.

On Wednesday, a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a joint hearing of its research and science subcommittees in Washington, D.C. to explore the research, efficiency, innovation, job opportunities and challenges surrounding big data and emerging analytics. Testifying before the subcommittee were Dr. David McQueeney, VP of technical strategy and worldwide operations for IBM’s Research division, Dr. Michael Rappa, executive director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and professor at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Farnam Jahanian, assistant director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate at the National Science Foundation.

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