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NSF Official to Report on Administration Efforts to Address Big Data Science and Engineering

Suzanne Iacono participates in InformationWeek Government Webcast on October 25 at 2 p.m. ET

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October 24, 2012

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Suzanne Iacono, deputy assistant director of the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering will be featured on an InformationWeek Government Webcast, "Act on Big Data," on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at 2 p.m. ET.

Iacono, who also serves as vice chair of the Big Data Senior Steering Group of the interagency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, will be part of a panel of experts during the webcast. In that role she will provide an update on the Obama administration's Big Data Initiative.

The webcast is designed to help government information technology professionals understand how to manage the vast volumes of data that government agencies generate and collect, putting them on the leading edge of the Big Data trend. It will underscore an important point that merely storing large quantities of data is not enough; agencies must develop a strategy that puts appropriate systems and processes into place to fully exploit Big Data opportunities. This webcast will help government information technology professionals learn best practices in Big Data management from hands-on experts.

The panel participants are:

Suzi Iacono, deputy assistant director of NSF's Directorate on Computer and Information Science and Engineering and co-chair, interagency Big Data Senior Steering Group, NITRD

Bruce Cerratani, Federal "Big Data" Solutions Architect

Michael Biddick, CEO, Fusion PPT

John Foley, Editor, InformationWeek Government

Together they will:

  • Examine progress on the White House Big Data Initiative;
  • Assess the trends behind the surge in government data;
  • Discuss tools and techniques for managing petabyte-size databases and gleaning discoveries from them;
  • Identify opportunities for using Big Data to accomplish agency objectives; and
  • Explore the critical components of a successful Big Data strategy and discuss how to get started.

Participation is easy, free and virtual. Reserve your seat now on the InformationWeek webcast website.

This presentation will be on-the-record and questions are encouraged. For more information, contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at NSF, 703-292-8311,


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

Program Contacts
C. Suzanne Iacono, NSF, (703) 292-8900, email:

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