Mass Big Data Initiative

Big Data is reshaping the economy as we once knew it.  The amount of digital data is expanding exponentially every year.  Competitiveness in today’s global marketplace of products, services, and ideas depends on data-driven knowledge and processes to inform nearly every sort of business decision and economic exchange.

To lead in the Big Data revolution, Massachusetts needs to cultivate the best talent, the most cutting-edge technology, and the best environment for spurring future innovation.

In May 2012, Governor Patrick announced a Big Data Initiative for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, led by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. MassTech is working through this Initiative to advance the Commonwealth as a leading global hub for Big Data innovation and technology.

With partners across industry, academia, and other government agencies, The Innovation Institute at MassTech will support Big Data internships and research endeavors; spearhead better access to public sector datasets; and strategically sponsor and fund select interventions to energize this marketplace.

  • Read more about the launch of the Mass Big Data Initiative via the Associated Press.

  • The Innovation Institute has sponsored and partnered with hack/reduce, a non-profit community "hackspace" in Kendall Square, where people working with Big Data can share infrastructure, resources, and knowledge.  Learn more about hack/reduce. 

  • The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center serves as a resource that can bring computing power and capacity to select new Big Data-related efforts.  Learn about MGHPCC

  • Read about the Commonwealth’s Big Data Cluster from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council 

  • The Innovation Institute launched to highlight and connect the Commonwealth’s Data & Analytics ecosystem. To view full press release click here.

  • Governor Patrick announces funding to launch Mass Open Cloud project, celebrates release of 2014 Mass Big Data report.  To view full press release click here.  Click here to download the full 2014 Mass Big Data report.

  •  The Big Data ecosystem across Massachusetts is booming, according to new research produced by the Massachusetts Big Data project at the Innovation Institute at MassTech. To view the full press release click here.  Click here to download The Mass Big Data Indicators 2015.


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