Mass TLC Blog, May 30, 2012.
Mass. Governor Deval Patrick announced the "Massachusetts Big Data Initiative" which includes:
- Creation of a Big Data Consortium and the designation of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke as a major public-private resource for Big Data;
- A Big Data research and development matching grant program, to be administered through the Mass Tech Collaborative;
- A Big Data internship program modeled after the Life Sciences and Clean Energy internship programs, also to be administered through the Mass Tech Collaborative;
- A Big Data initiative through the Governor's Innovation Council to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government services;
- Support for Hack/Reduce, an innovative non-profit community "hackspace" where people working with Big Data can share infrastructure resources and knowledge.
Intel Corporation announced that it is establishing the new Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Big Data at MIT's CSAIL.
MassTLC's research revealed that Massachusetts Big Data technology vendors today employ about 12,000 workers, and that local industries such as healthcare, financial services, life sciences/computational biology, consumer products, and on-line media are estimated to employ another 58,000 big data-related workers, often referred to as data scientists or data-savvy managers. Growth in both big data technology companies and in related fields using data analytics could add 50,000 additional jobs by 2018, bringing the state total to as many as 120,000, making it one of the state's key economic drivers.