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Gates Foundation Big Data Grants Stress Open Data

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded six $100,000 grants to help improve everything from disaster response to municipal services.

Bill and Melinda Gates in 2009.(Source: Wikipedia)
Bill and Melinda Gates in 2009.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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11/22/2013 | 3:18:46 PM
Genius grants for big data
Interesting to see the diversity in these projects, even beyond the education applications that grab the open data buzz.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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11/22/2013 | 3:30:49 PM
Re: Genius grants for big data
Steve Jobs may have eclipsed Bill Gates as an technology innovator, but Gates through his philanthrophy is showing himself to be the greater man.
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11/22/2013 | 5:47:04 PM
Re: Genius grants for big data
I'm with you on that one, Tom. It's amazing that Gates' philanthropic legacy may eclipse his business/technology legacy. Carnegie, anyone?
Alex Kane Rudansky
Alex Kane Rudansky,
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11/23/2013 | 4:55:56 PM
I'm surprised there isn't a healthcare project included in the mix. Big data is exploding in that industry, and surely could be used to improve patient care in underserved areas. This was partly addressed in Eric Rasmussen's recent column, "Better Balance Needed Between Patient Privacy, Data Sharing."
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11/23/2013 | 7:57:04 PM
the future of fighting disease
I'm excited to see the evolution of data to help predict outbreaks.  For example, if we were able to link early symptoms with outbreak risks, and connect it to rise in reported symptoms.  This means we could potentially have earlier detection systems, and considering we are due for a wave of antibiotic-resistant strains, this will be even more critical than ever.
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11/24/2013 | 5:05:29 PM
Re: Genius grants for big data
I was not previously aware that there was a public repository for information in the form of I think it's a great idea. 

Problem is, why I haven't I heard about this before? How many organizations are not cognizant that this is available to them? Bureacracy, perhaps?
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
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11/25/2013 | 9:03:57 AM
Re: Genius grants for big data
It's compelling how his work with Microsoft "prepared" Gates for his new philanthropist role.

This is why, I think, the calls for Gates to return as Microsoft CEO will go unheeded; it seems as if this is a man who is more interested in his new work -- and with moving forward.
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