Stimulating data science innovation for research

Today’s scientific instruments, sensors and computer simulations are producing complex data at exponential rates, creating a virtual data deluge. Although these data represent an unprecedented resource, their size and complexity are overwhelming. What’s more, scientists are limited by current practices to extract useful information.

Effectively harnessing these large and complex scientific datasets requires fundamentally different techniques, better tools, and a new data-driven practice. These techniques are being developed by an emerging, interdisciplinary type of research called data science. 

While the research community recognizes the need for these skills, there is a critical shortage of practitioners. Science may be data-rich, but will remain discovery-poor without the institutional commitment, people-power and technology needed to mine data and reveal hidden breakthroughs. 

To help catalyze these breakthroughs, we are supporting the people who innovate around data-driven discovery with three strategies: 

  • Institutions: Data Science Environments
  • People: Investigator Awards
  • Practices: New Tools, Methods and Training
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Catalyzing data-science breakthroughs by supporting institutions, people and practices


Empowering scientific research

Data scientists can deliver dramatic gains in scientific productivity.
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    Apr 2013

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