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How NASA Manages Big Data
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Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/23/2013 | 11:38:07 AM
The art of mining fascinating data
Jeff, 

Nice, and interesting article. :) 

NASA must be one of the biggest data collectors on the planet. 

I believe responding to the question "What should we keep?" doesn't have to be easy as from such a massive volume of data if not of immediate value some data might be of value for a space exploration data archive.  

Deciding on the value of such fascinating data is most likely not an easy task.

-Susan
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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11/23/2013 | 7:26:20 AM
Re: Data scientists
WKash, you made an excellent point about government becoming a fertile breeding ground for big data scientists. I think data scientists are like any other professions but since they are costing something in the range of 120k to 300k illustrates that they are in short supply at the moment. Hence it is nice to see the White House taking interest in Big Data as throughout the economy and global economy data scientists are needed badly.

I understand that it is becoming a trend to have a major economic crisis once every 50 years or so, it happened during the Dutch Tulip trading till the 2008 housing crisis, some say that the bit-coin market is next while others say that it is a new form of currency, speculations aside, student debt will be the next crisis if the students do not get real jobs soon -- a situation which I think could have been avoided if Big data was used while giving out student loans.
WKash
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WKash,
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11/22/2013 | 7:11:42 PM
Re: Data scientists
Brian, thanks for weighing in.  It would seem that NASA, NOAA, Commerce, the IRS (not to mention the CIA) and other federal agences handling big data sets will become fertile breeding grounds for the emerging field of data scientists -- and hopefully the tools that can support senior leaders who aren't data scientists, but still need the insights big data analytics can provide.

 
WKash
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WKash,
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11/22/2013 | 5:01:39 PM
Re: Data scientists
Brian, thanks for weighing in.  It would seem that NASA, NOAA, Commerce, the IRS (not to mention the CIA) and other federal agences handling big data sets will become fertile breeding grounds for the emerging field of data scientists -- and hopefully the tools that can support senior leaders who aren't data scientists, but still need the insights big data analytics can provide.

 
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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11/22/2013 | 3:43:52 PM
Re: Data scientists
Good point and I am sure that this number of 24 is already understated because I guess, they are only counting the people who have math and programming skills as data scientists but even then right besides them would also exist people with math and astronomy skills, or math and climatology skills, that are needed for the exact same job to even function.

It requires a lot of money, but at the end of the day if they manage to mine data to produces valuable insight like the "Hubble Deep Field" which changes entire perspectives or cosmic inflation etc then I think it is money well spent.
WKash
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WKash,
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11/21/2013 | 5:23:09 PM
Data scientists
Interesting to note that JPL has 24 data scientists on board.  At the rate NASA/JPL are accumulating new data, it will be interesting to see how that number grows along with the volume of data.
Shepy
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Shepy,
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11/21/2013 | 9:14:15 AM
no budget
"Open-source projects are "really useful in the context of government, and in terms of us wanting to save money.""

Considering how miniscule the NASA budget it is, i bet they cant get enough of FOSS


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