Indiana University is playing a key role in the National Science Foundation-funded Midwest Big Data Hub project. The effort aims to "harness the power of big data" to address pressing issues including water security, transportation and patient care.
IU is partnering with the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, Iowa State University and the University of North Carolina. The project involves leading a flexible regional network focusing on addressing Midwest issues through partnerships among universities, industry, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
The effort is being backed by a three-year, $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant. The funding is part of the NSF’s recent announcement of a $5 million award to establish four regional data hubs, involving all 50 states and 281 organizations.
The collaboration is called Sustainable Enabling Environment for Data Collaboration, or SEEDCorn, and will be led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.