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Let's have our Kickoff in early January 2014.

KIck-off Meetup: Tuesday, January 7, 6:30 p.m.

Skype and wifi available

Initial Format:

• 6:30 p.m. Tutorials (I could start with Practical Data Science for Data Scientists - Proposed GMU Course, and hope that others would offer to do tutorials as well) and Refreshments

• 7:00 p.m. Introductions and Announcements (10 seconds per individual depending on the size of the group)

• Remarks by Dr. George Strawn, Director, NITRD/NCO and co-chair of the Federal Big Data Senior Steering Work Group

• 7:15 p.m. Featured Presentation/Demonstration (where did you get the data, where did you store the data, and what were your results) See Below

• 8:30 p.m. Networking/Individual Demos (talk among yourselves and look at one another's work)

• 9:00 p.m Continue Your Conversations Elsewhere (We need to clear out of the space)

Semantic Big Data Science Application: Semantic Medline on the YarcData Graph Appliance for the Federal Big Data Senior Steering Work Group that our Semantic Data Science Team made a good presentation of to Lee Watkins Jr., Director of Bioinformatics at the Institute of Genetic Medicine Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) recently. See Cancer Immunotherapy

See Wiki for more details

Second Meetup: Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 p.m.

• Continue Data Science Tutorial: Data Science, Brand Niemann, Semantic Community

• What Went Wrong with the Obamacare Web Site, and How Can It Be Fixed? and Why the First Rollout of Crashed, an Architectural AssessmentEric KavanaghInside Analysis, and Geoffrey Malafsky, PSIKORS Institute

• Prototype VideoKees van MansomBe Informed

Third Meetup: Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.

• Continue Data Science Tutorial: Modus Operandi Semantic Knowledge Base, Brand Niemann, Semantic Community

• Wave All-Source Semantic Fusion Engine: Eric Little, Modus Operandi, and Department of Defense Metadata Engineers

• Fourth Meetup: Tuesday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.

• Continue Data Science Tutorial:Graph Databases and Bigdata SYSTAP Literature Survey of Graph Databases, Brand Niemann, Semantic Community

• Bigdata SYSTAP, Michael Personick and Bryan Thompson, SYSTAP. Bryan Thompson, Chief Scientist of SYSTAP, LLC will speak about their SYSTAP open source graph database platform.  Highlights will include support for highly available replication clusters as well their recent work with accelerated graph processing on GPUs at 3 billion traversed edges per second.

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  • Atul K.

    Sorry to have missed the meetup. Thanks for the links to related presentations.

    January 9, 2014

  • James H.

    Excellent speakers, great bunch of people. Considering the cold weather, lots of people ended up at the event. Looking forward to the next one! Thanks for hosting, Xcelerate Solutions!

    January 8, 2014

  • k g.

    Missed some speakers, but there was plenty of information.

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Outstanding! Lots of great info, references and people!

    January 8, 2014

  • Thomas P. F.

    Bunch of people waiting on the first floor -- is anyone going to come get us?

    January 7, 2014

  • Ann V.

    Much as I want to attend, I'd be coming by metrorail/bus from/backto DC and so with the extreme cold gonna regretfully pass for this evening ...

    but will watch for next meetup and hopefully, some later on in the year will be in DC

    stay warm! :-)

    January 7, 2014

  • Brand N.

    Slides for the welcome and tutorial are now available at:

    so you can do the reading and assignment beforehand if you would like.

    Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy New Year.

    Please let my Co-Organizer and our Host, Kate Goodier, know what you like for refreshments.

    December 30, 2013

  • Brand N.

    Mission Statement of Federal Big Data Working Group Meetup

    Federal: Supports the Federal Big Data Initiative, but not endorsed by the Federal Government or its Agencies;

    Big Data: Supports the Federal Digital Government Strategy which is "treating all content as data", so big data = all your content;

    Working Group: Data Science Teams composed of Federal Government and Non-Federal Government experts producing big data products (see Possible Team Presentations below); and

    Meetup: The world's largest network of local groups to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize like MOOCs (Massive Open On-line Classes) being considered by the White House.

    For Links See:

    December 25, 2013

  • k g.


    Xcelerate Solutions will be providing your evening refreshments. Any requests?

    December 18, 2013

  • Brand N.

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Clarence D.

    Somebody can have my spot--not willing to make the drive out to McLean.

    December 16, 2013

    • Brand N.

      I hope that you could use Skype to participate

      December 17, 2013

  • Brand N.

    For details, please see:
    Kate and I look forward to meeting you in person. We will have Skype information for remote attendees just before January 7th.

    Happy and safe Holidays.

    December 16, 2013

  • Brand N.

    Thanks for the great reponse and support. Getting ready to announce the first Meetup of Federal Big Data Working Group. See DRAFT at:

    December 16, 2013

  • stu

    I'd offer up our Socrata office at 1100 conn ave, we can hold about 15 in our conference room, have wifi and video.

    December 16, 2013

    • Brand N.

      Thank you, but too small. We already have 41 members

      December 16, 2013

  • nahumg

    Why won't you try 1776,[masked]th St NW
    Washington DC?
    Greg Toth has used it for an IoT DC meeting.

    December 14, 2013

    • Brand N.

      How many can it accommodate? 50?

      December 16, 2013

  • Brand N.

    Kate, Thanks for the offer. Sounds good. The Silver LIne may open in March.

    We made a good presentation to John Hopkins Medical Informatics yesterday:

    December 13, 2013

    • k g.

      Thanks for sharing! The silver line stop is across the street. What time will we meet and I will reserve the conference room. Directions to the building are easy and we have open underground parking and wifi.

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • k g.

    Hi Brand, Perhaps we could meet in Excelerate Solutions offices in Tysons Corner if you wish.

    December 12, 2013

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